I know I’ve done this. You?
Have you ever…
– Set yourself up to do a self-tape
– Sat down to make a video promoting something online
– Decided now you are finally going to put yourself out into the world
And then had the thought “I’m just in the wrong space to do my best work, right now.”
How often do we SECOND GUESS ourselves out of putting our work out into the world because we’re just not feeling IN THE ZONE?
And then you think…
“I’ll wait until I feel better.”
“I need to be more centered.”
Listen up, good people.
Creating from your truth in the moment – this moment – is your job.
Your job is not to manipulate yourself into some version that your mind thinks is ideal. Waiting for your mind to give you the go-ahead is a guarantee that you’ll slow down your creative process and output.
And never forget to give your audience what they came for – YOU! Perfect and messy and delicious and sometimes off-kilter – YOU! That’s fun!
As a holiday gift – here’s a sweet example of what I’m talking about.
Please enjoy one of my favorite singers/songwriters, Juliet Garrett, as she sings to you CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This song was performed when she was having the thought, “Maybe I’m just not supposed to do this right now,” and feeling fed up!
A note from Juliet…
“I used to think that there was a ‘right’ way to sing a song. That every song had some definitively ‘correct’ version and I had to work myself into the ‘right emotional state’ to deliver that correct version to an audience. Not only did this totally stress me out, but it was also often really boring.
One of the most wonderful tools I’ve gotten from Committed Impulse is to trust in the truth that it’s actually more interesting to show up how I am in that moment and tell the story of the song through the very real (very valid!) lens of how I’m actually feeling in my body at that moment.
And the beautiful thing is, that state is constantly changing and constantly imperfect and that’s ok. In fact, it’s better.
I’m so grateful to Josh and CI for giving me the confidence to feel the feelings I’m feeling and let those feelings actually lead the performance rather than trying to fight against them.
I had been struggling with my microphone stand (it kept falling down!) and I was getting fed up with the process of putting myself on tape for this song.
Right before I start singing I actually said out loud “f*ck it, maybe I’m just not supposed to do this right now”, and then I started singing from that place.”
You can check out Juliet’s music at https://www.Julietgarrett.com.
Question for YOU.
What are some of the silly thoughts and body sensations that USED to stop you? The reason I say, “Used to” is because you’re not gonna let them stop you anymore!
It’s essential to become aware of what stops you – and then create anyway!!!
Let’s chat. Leave a comment below from your experience.
Because unveiling to yourself what stops you is one of the keys to being creative invincibility. And that’s what we do here!
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