Do you ever read something and either laugh out loud (in a public place no less) or constantly nod in agreement (like: yess, yaasss, yaaaassss). This was me while reading this chapter.
I have experienced the feelings and emotions described in this chapter as I continue on my #CreativeConfidence journey. A takeaway from the beginning of this chapters is that the process of “guided mastery” leads to “self-efficacy”. Guided Mastery is described by the way of curing peoples’s phobias. Taking small steps to overcoming your fears can lead to resilience in the face of obstacles and failure. If I were to apply this to my journey some small steps I can take are:
- Share my creativity with someone who doesn’t know about it
- Collaborate with another creator in the same space
- Write down business/brand/blog goals and visions
- Work on my creativity in front of people who normally wouldn’t see me doing so
- As for feedback
The Kelley brothers go on to explain the paradox of failure. Essentially more success comes when you can easily shake off more of your failures. As a creator, I cannot be embarrassed or defensive about my method. Funny thing is, when someone asks me about my work – I immediately go on the defensive (as if I am suppose to prove myself). This to me means I just need to come up with an elevator speech – something I can quickly and confidently tell people when they ask about what I am up to.
The next step after overcoming fear is to continuously stretch yourself. The Kelley brothers explain that exercising your creativity allows you to make leaps and bounds in you work as well as keeping you in shape. When I think about myself – I realize I’ve been kind of doing the same thing for some time (photos, blogging) so I definitely think it’s time for something new creatively #INeedATripToMichaels for some inspiration.
An interesting exercise described in the book is Sketching People. By simply being able to draw the shapes above I will be able to draw for visual communication …and eventually even people.
The chapter ends with an important message: replace fear with joy and that creativity depends on what you believe you do with the talents and skills you already have.