You've heard it all before: others relentlessly diminishing the power of creativity and some even claiming to not possess a single breath of it, but you do not believe it. You have made it a practice to see into people, to believe in their potential and their power within. But letting go is never an easy task. It requires vulnerability, a luxury that very few allow themselves and most certainly not before an audience. And yet the reward is so satisfying. In the end, one must choose between safety and vulnerability. A life lived without creativity or one fully ignited by it.
Five Steps to Embrace Vulnerability
1. Journal your fears. Don't hold back. This is just for you. Do you have any fears that are keeping you from truly letting go?
2. Write a post on your blog about vulnerability. Be honest with your readers. I have found that most of the feelings we have are actually quite common. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover that your readers have likely struggled or are struggling with the same things.
3. Try something new, something creative that you have never tried before. Let yourself be imperfect at it.
4. Create a project just for yourself. Sometimes the pressure of knowing that others will see your work can stifle your ability to let go and simply enjoy the process of creativity. If the end result is something you want to share, then that is great. But, if you are not quite pleased, that is great too. This one was just for you.
5. Remind yourself that being vulnerable is hard for everyone. When you create, remember how far you have come in your work, and don't be afraid to give yourself a pep talk every now and then!
Photo and article by Tina Fussel.