“I said I’d finally break out of the commercial work and do my real creative work—but I didn’t.”
“I never thought I’d be this old and still not have my novel done.”
“I keep saying I’ll finish my TV pilot, and I never do.”
“How is it that this whole year, I only finished two pieces?”
If you look back on 2018 and feel down about yourself and your creative work, I have something to say to you. If you want to go into 2019 strong, but aren’t feeling it deep down, read on. Maybe you’ve given up making resolutions. Maybe you don’t believe yourself anymore when you set goals. This is for you.
The truth is, you CAN turn your creative visions into reality.
There are just a few reasons people don’t reach their creative goals:
#1: They don’t know how to do it or what to do.
For this one, all you need is information and guidance–someone to listen to what you want and help you lay out the steps. (Sometimes this lack of knowledge is the problem and you don’t even know it—you just feel intimidated or uncertain, and you’re holding back.)
#2: They can’t get through the blocks
There are basically five kinds of blocks that can stop you.
* Physical blocks, like not having enough time, money, energy, or space to do your creative work.
* Emotional blocks, like fear, anxiety, or self-criticism.
* What I call “energetic blocks”—not having the courage, determination, passion, or “fire in the belly” to get it done.
* Mental blocks, or beliefs like “I can’t do it,” “I can’t be an artist and a good parent,” “It’s impossible to make money as a writer/musician/artist,” and “People will laugh at me.”
* Spiritual blocks: Not trusting yourself to make decisions, or not knowing how to listen to your inner guidance.
All these problems can be solved. They can seem overwhelming when you consider them all at once, but for each problem, there is a healing process, strategy, or action step. Even the blocks you’ve had for years, the ones that seem like octopuses with so many waving tentacles, are things you can get through. Truly.
#3: They don’t have the right support—someone who can guide them through the blocks, who can help them keep going when “stuff comes up.”
Support is the #1 factor that separates struggle from success. Personally, I could not have gotten where I am (in my creative work, business, and life) without a LOT of support. These days, I work with at least one coach/mentor, and often up to three or four at a time (because different coaches have different strengths, and I’m a big believer in getting all the support I need). I’ve spent well over $100,000 on my own personal development and training, and I attribute a huge part of my success to that.
Without coaching support, it’s easy to get stuck in your own limitations. We all have them, and unless we identify them and find ways to grow beyond them, we tend to repeat the same patterns over and over, with the same unsatisfying results.
I’ve been helping people do their creative work for years, and I can assure you of two things: 1) you’re not alone, and 2) you can get past what’s blocking you.
The truth is, what blocks you is similar to what blocks everyone else—and these blocks are things you can get through. (Yes, what gets in your way is yours alone because you’re a unique person with your own individual history and soul, but all blocks have common elements—and solutions.)
Other people have gotten through similar blocks. They’ve started doing their true creative work—and thriving. And you can too. You just have to decide—truly decide, like a commitment to your soul—that you will.
P.S. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of this series, where I talk about getting out of the negative cycle with your creative work–and how to make 2019 your best creative year ever.
(Or, if you’re super-motivated and want to get going NOW, email me about working together.)