When I hear people talk about what they want in their lives, I’m right in there probing for more. Their passion is contagious, and I’m sucked right into their dreams. I want to know the big picture and all its parts, no matter how unreachable those dreams may seem, and their related B-HAGS, or Big Hairy Audacious Goals, as Janna Cawrse Esarey calls them in her memoir The Motion of the Ocean. I’ll think about those B-HAGS that are shared with me, and I’ll ask those dreamers about them when I run into them later (okay, I confess. I often call or email them for updates). When the B-HAGS involve the arts, my passion to ride the waves with the dreamers escalates.
Given all that, you can imagine how I felt when a therapist-turned-coach told me about creativity coaching. Now I’m surfing these waters and enjoying how this field fits with my love of writing and education and my desire to partner with artists and other creatives in order to achieve their artistic goals, supplement their incomes, or to add more joy and meaning in their lives.
If you want to create, you’re going to roar your terrible roars and gnash your terrible teeth. You’ll get blocked, hit walls, claim you can’t do it, and you’ll even hear voices say things like, “Who do you think you are?” I wish I would have had a creativity coach when I started writing instead of thinking that no one else struggled like me, and that there was no way out. We have limited perspective when it comes to all that. We can only judge others by their outsides, but we judge ourselves by our insides. Believe me, the writers, musicians, and artists I support all have insecurities and second (and 372nd) thoughts about their purpose and meaning.
So, if you’re questioning your path, be your own creativity coach this week. I challenge you to sit yourself down and ask yourself some questions…
What gives you energy?
What are your greatest accomplishments?
When were you happiest in the past?
What insights from your answers to the above questions can you incorporate into your current reality?
Feeling differently now?