The Creativity Gremlins show up when you are close to a breakthrough, or are considering taking a risk. Risks are part of growth. If you take no risks, you earn no bigger rewards.
Let’s use blogging as an example.
You have set up your blog. You have a genius name, and you are are all ready to go. Then the gremlins start. “Why even bother? You can’t write. No one is even going to read it anyhow. Who do you think you are? Some kind of expert?! Ha! You can barely tie your shoes. Get over yourself. This will go nowhere.”
Just because you think these things doesn’t make them true. Strangely, many of us have gotten used to presuming that because we think a thing, it must be the truth, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Questioning your thoughts is a skill that you can get good at, just like anything else. Now is as good a time as any to begin to apply this skill.
Here are three questions to ask yourself. (Courtesy of “Loving What Is” By, Byron Katie.)
1.) Is this thought true?
2.) Can I absolutely know that it is true?
3.) Who would I be without this thought?
Let’s use a snippet from the above as an example.
“You can’t write”.
First, let’s make it first person.
“I can’t write,”
Ok, now let’s apply the first question. Is this true?
Well, not really because I know I can put words together out of letters, and then make sentences out of those words. I can make paragraphs out of those sentences and I can use them to communicate an idea.
So no, it’s not true.
You might get the gremlins starting here again with something like “But it doesn’t make sense to anyone other than me, and it’s not GOOD. Not like famous author good, so give up now.”
Ignore them, and apply the second question.
Can I absolutely know it’s true?
When you write, do you write for yourself? Or do you write for other people to read it? If your answer is, for other people, then how can you know if your work makes sense to them without taking the risk of showing someone else? Can you read people’s minds? No.
So the answer to this question is, no. I cannot absolutely know that it is true that I am not a good writer.
This next question is slightly harder. “Who would I be without this thought?” If you were to drop the thought altogether, like you had never even had it in the first place, what would change? How would your experience of life change? How would your path as a writer change? Would you have hesitated for as long as you have? Would you have spent nights upon nights ruminating madly in your bed about whether or not to start that blog? Probably not. You might even be a famous blogger by now. You would feel more confident, you would post more regularly and you would take more risks.
Now, here’s the part that really gets people.
Turn it around.
Take that thought “I can’t write.” And turn it around. Change the energy charge of the thought.
“I can write”, “I want to write.”, “I am excited about writing.”
Feel into each of these.
I guarantee you will be surprised at what you find.
The Work isn’t easy. Especially when you are new at it. Comment, email me or reach out and I would be happy to help you get started.
** The process outlined in this blog is not my own. It was developed by a women named Byron Katie. You can find out more about The Work on her website. She also has published a few books, all of which are more than worth your time to read or listen to. Download it on Audible, and tell them I sent you.**