Are you feeling stuck? I am. I have had a creative block over three weeks now. It sucks. But I have decided to let that go. Creativity is a dance of receiving and giving. I receive inspiration, which I then use and give to be creative and paint. But I have to be reminded to let go of feeling stuck. I have to shrug off the feeling of being stuck because sitting in this stuckness, I will not give to my creative projects. I am stuck in self-doubt because I have not created anything substantial that I would like to keep. I let go of my fears to create; I let go of self-doubt and having to be perfect. I invite creative boldness to continue my journey as an artist. Exploring is one of the best soul-filled activities I can use on the canvas. I have to choose to explore and be bold, and sometimes I have to paint without inspiration. But first, I invite my muse to support me in my insecurities, and the rest is up in the air. Onwards.
If our hearts are small, the tiniest mistakes and shortcomings of those around us can infuriate us. We lose patience, we put our rigid blinders on and forget to look at the bigger picture. If we expand our hearts, however, we become capable of treating others with compassion and empathy. A good reminder to continue working on growing your heart! The world needs more kindness and compassion, and we have to put in the work to become heart-centered. What you give will most definitely come back-good or bad.
Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.-Napoleon Hill
"What you have to remember is that a lot of success (Weather in business or in life) is a persistence game. It's not a talent game. It's not a luck game. It's a persistence game. The person who is willing to be there the longest, fight the hardest, and be the last man or woman standing is the one who arrives at the destination. This person gets to the finish line, not because he or she is any better than other entrepreneurs but because this person stayed the course and refused to give up. When this person said "I commit", she actually meant it. " -K.B.
Nearly every kind of feedback – even if I agreed with it or not – has been a massive tool for me and my growth. I remember when I was working in a treatment center as a counsellor where we received feedback daily. I was in fear every day; however, this experience made me super humble and strong. I will never forget this experience, and I am thankful for it. The more we can understand feedback with an open mind, the more we’ll develop. When you learn to process feedback effectively, there will be no limit to your personal development.
Ask for feedback. Ask your friends that you can be vulnerable with to give you feedback. And remember to put yourself in their shoes as it can be very, very hard to provide feedback. Consider their perspective and how their role or relationship with you might be affecting what they say, and how you feel about it. Finally, remember that you don’t have to re-evaluate your entire life because of one person’s feedback in one area of your life.
My name is Annica Johansson and I am an Art Life Coach, Certified Sound Healer and Artist. I am writing about personal development, daily musings, spirituality and depicting mother nature's amazing beauty. Welcome!