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Permission: What are you waiting for?

Permission

As I look back on the early part of my adult life, it seems like I was always stuck, waiting for “permission”.

Permission to…

…be creative rather than “practical”.

…take time to do something about my dreams.

…create visions rather than set goals.

…be different and do things my way.

…explore many projects at once.

…start projects and not finish them.

I’m sure you have a few of your own you could add to my list.

It’s funny really, when you think about it. As kids we think being an adult means doing whatever we want. Then we become adults and we get stuck in a holding pattern, waiting for someone to tell us it’s okay to do the thing we long to do.

But who did I think would tell me to go ahead? I’m not sure I ever really thought that far. I just said things like “I could never…I can’t…Not right now…etc, etc.”

Until the day I asked myself, “Who’s making these rules?”

Oh. Right. Me.

Here’s what I realized:

There was no one else to go to for this elusive ‘permisson’.  It was my fear that withheld consent to go-ahead.

Oh and by the way? While you’re at it, you might inspire someone else to get out of their own way, too.

Cool beans, eh?

As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others. #quotes #Williamson Click To Tweet

What are you waiting for?

Fill in the blank and share in the comments :

I give myself permission to _______________________

 

 

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What you should know about Creative Resistance

Creative Resistance

Let’s talk about Creative Resistance, shall we?

I believe we notice it more at the start of a new year because we revisit our resolutions and good intentions and wonder WHY did last year get away from us…again?

There’s hope

What is it? Where does it come from? Why do we avoid our work (even when we say it’s important to us) and how do we beat it?

The good news is , you’re not alone in this battle. We all experience resistance in one form or another. There isn’t a creative soul out there who hasn’t felt it pushing them away from their work at some point.

Here’s what I’ve learned about this tricky little blighter on my own journey.

Creative Resistance is…

invisible but it’s effects are very real.

Move through the ResistanceIt’s aim is to keep you from doing your work. And, while it may seem to come from outside of you, it is self-generated and self-perpetuated. It is also a force of nature and a liar.

It’s fuel is fear.

So ask yourself, “What is it about my creativity that I’m afraid of? If I did something about it, what is the worst that could happen? The best?”

(Weirdly, it’s usually the good stuff that scares us more.)

Get that fear out where you can see it. Don’t let it fester in the dark. Write about it. Make an art journal page. Dance it out. Whatever it takes.  Get that fear moving and you are no long stuck.

The Resistance Compass

Creative Resistance is actually a very good compass , pointing the way to what truly matters to you.

Creative resistance is a compass pointing you to what's really important. Click To Tweet

In fact, the more you resist, the more valuable that thing is to you. That’s information you can use! Use your Resistance to navigate by and discover what it is you really need to be up to.

The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it. Steven Pressfield, The War of Art.

If your Creative Resistance is BIG then it’s a good indicator that something BIG is waiting to come through you.

Procrastination is a common symptom of Creative Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. (After all, the dishes MUST be washed.)

But when you put off doing your art, you put off important work. Not to put to fine a point on it, but you could end up putting off your life’s work. After all, something is calling to you to bring it into the world. Pay attention.

Change your response

You can do something about this right now. Sit down and create something. Anything. Even a doodle counts.  You’ll be thumbing your nose at Creative Resistance, when you do.

It’s that simple… and that hard.

Want to learn more?