I was apprehensive when I started writing this post. This is my first blog post on a new website. It’s technically my first ever blog post. So, I started experiencing some strong inner criticism.
Why should I do this? Who am I to write this? Why would anyone read this?
The questions were endless. And like clockwork, the imposter syndrome started showing up. These three reminders made me realize that everyone goes through the same process.
Everyone is a creator
This was my key takeaway from Julia Cameron’s bestseller, ‘The Artist’s Way’. Here are five creativity principles from the book that go well with this premise.
- Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
- There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life—including ourselves.
- The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
- As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
- Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.
Give yourself permission to create junk
I have often noticed that when my ego gets in the way, I can never create anything. I have lost years of my life being an “aspiring” writer/comedian/artist because I was waiting for a masterpiece. I would have waited another 10 years twiddling my thumbs if it weren’t for this change in mindset.
I gave myself permission to create junk.
We all start in the same place
Jerry Seinfeld started with a blank yellow page when he wrote the pilot for Seinfeld with Larry David. Michelangelo also started with a plain block of marble, and then he went on to find David and his tiny penis in that block. The same can be said for every great innovator, every musician, and every great artist. They all start with a blank.
Everyone starts with a blank canvas.