Here’s how I know…
There will be times when you feel totally confident in sharing, then there will be moments when you step into an imaginary closet because you’re terrified to show you’re art to the rest of the world.
From the closet you will make assumptions that nobody else feels the same way as you.
In these moments you may start to question your commitment to creating your great work.
And that makes it painful, as well as lonely.
Whilst you remain in the closest shaking at the prospect of being yourself (promotion), throwing up at the thought of telling people about your message/art (marketing) and shirk away at asking people to buy the results you can help them achieve in their life, if they take action with you (selling), you’ll observe your world and wonder how others are finding their courage.
Peeking out from the doors you stand behind: you’ll ask, ‘How do they do that? What have they got that I haven’t got?’ And I have no doubt you will begin to question you’re ability, gifts and talents.
On the really dark days you’ll convince yourself that you’re the only person that is totally overwhelmed, fearing your own passion and battling with the ‘am I good enough’ question.
These you may find are the darkest of days, only to be made worse by never answering the questions yourself with ‘yes, I’m good enough for what I choose to create today’.
You may start to believe that others have a ‘secret’ that you haven’t been told.
You may think that someone else has the key to the push open the door, and when you learn that everything will be easy. You may get so distracted by those convincing you there is a ‘secret, technique or unknown tool’ that you won’t be able to see that in your hands you already possess that what you seek.
Somebody one day, maybe even today, will say to you that the key you already have may not be easy but it’s the easiest route to your success (whatever that means to you).
They may say to you that one of the keys is to give yourself permission to be you and be remarkable when everything and everyone else says ‘play safe’. See, some things are so simplistic we refuse to believe that the easy answer is the obvious.
Some days you’ll get so lost you’ll wander off in different directions: down avenues you know don’t feel right. Instead of focusing on focus, you go searching for validation that you’re ‘good enough’ maybe one day someone will hear your thoughts.
You’re good enough.
You may think that the dreams you’re creating are stuck on the ground, and begin to ask, ‘When is this ever going to take off for me?’ forgetting that the day you stepped into creating your great work, you turned the ignition and began down the runway.
That’s the day you took off.
You are already piloting.
Up there with the millions of others steering their own course.
Wave to me when you pass.
I want to look you in the eye, wink and say ‘told you weren’t alone’.
That’s how I know.
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