“Are you ready for your life to begin?” asks the judge on the reality television show, glowing as she looks at this young person who just belted out a verse of Proud Mary.
Do you think, Yes! I’m so ready! And it will begin when I’ve:
♦Gotten that recording contract
♦Had a show at a gallery
♦Held a staged reading of my play
♦Fill in the blank with the goal you have in your mind.
Do you think that? Me too!
We all have these dreams of these magical events where our artistic lives will begin. When someone else will recognize our talent, we’ll receive fame and fortune. We’ll have the space to really work on our art, take the time it needs, give it the attention it deserves.
Our knight in shining armor will arrive with his mighty sword and declare us amazing! After this fantastic moment, we’ll finally be able to call ourselves artists.
It’s the artistic equivalent of saving your good china for only the most special of special occasions.
And I am here to say it’s time to start drinking everyday wine out of your gorgeous crystal wine glasses.
Have you considered allowing your creative life to begin now?
Look, I know that this thought is frightening. Being scared of starting is so normal. The excitement of beginning can quickly turn to fear of not being good enough, not having the dedication, not knowing what will happen next. And that’s okay. We all have these moments of doubt.
But your creative dream deserves to begin its journey to realization. And it can only start from where you are.
And your mighty sword for this adventure? Small steps.
Small steps help you defeat those doubts and fears. Tiny movements take you toward your goal. Little actions move you closer to your dream a teeny bit at a time.
A small step might be to spend fifteen minutes on your project. Maybe you could choose to write a sentence or spend five minutes sketching. Perhaps you just think about your project for thirty seconds. Whatever you can do, do it. Let your intuition guide you as you select the next small step and the next one.
And then one day, you’ll look back and be amazed at how much progress you’ve made.