Fear stops us doing many things we’d like to do in life.
And fear certainly stops us walking down the road of using or creativity. It’s stops us trying new things, stepping out of our comfort zone, making mistakes perhaps out of fear of looking silly.
People have emotional scars when it comes to creating art.
Brené Brown has done a study where the research showed, 80% of us have shame stories from our school days and 50% of those stories are art related.
It’s crazy and so you can see, we’re up against emotional turmoil when it comes to creating.
That’s why it’s good to know what to expect when you take on wonderful task of creating.
How to create (nearly) without fear
Can I just say, we need you to bring to the world the good stuff you create.
More than ever. Change starts from within, and it makes us better people when we create. We need better people. We need goodness, and bravery, and fun, silly people.
How to create (almost) fearlessly is to approach your creation from a gentle place of “this is just for fun”.
Here’s what that can look like:
- Write what first comes to mind.
- Paint with your fingers.
- Do something purposely bad. (This is harder than you think)
- Knit with mad colors.
- Dance crazy to some 80’s music.
- Sit in the park and draw what you see.
- Ask yourself “how can I add some fun to my business?”
- Write a short story no one is ever going to read.
The difference between doing something from a place of seriousness and something for fun, besides the energy we bring, is when we lower our expectations by creating for fun, we give a signal to our “fight and flight” reaction that there is nothing to be afraid of. And so we relax. The amygdala stays asleep and we get access to the part of our brain where creativity is.
This is proven biology.
I cannot tell you the effect this shift in thinking has had on me, and continues to effect my life.
I wouldn’t have started painting for one thing, that’s for sure.
Going from having never painted to going all in, was waaay too overwhelming. But when I just thought about painting as a little fun on the side I could do for 5 minutes, it became doable.
The joy and inner peace painting gives me today, is priceless.
Can you create without fear?
No, I don’t believe you can completely eliminate fear, not do I think you should make that a goal.
Fear is part of the creative process, it’s completely normal, and not something to be afraid of (get it??).
And I don’t believe in making false “How To…” blog posts, just to make a catchy headline. That’s why I say “nearly” without fear.
But if we approach our creative projects from a place of play and fun, the data shows, that we are more likely to come back to it, and work on it. Which means we are more likely to finish it because the process is more enjoyable.
Your art makes your life good 🙂
P.S If you want to learn more about play and the benefits of fun and games in your life, I recommend Stuart Brown’s book “Play. How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul”