Finding courage in the creative process - Part 1
How much of our creativity is hampered by fear? Canon Ambassador Dafna Tal shares ways to deal with our fears in the first of this three-part series
In her last article, Canon Ambassador Dafna Tal offered tips for overcoming common inner obstacles on the way to creating a new project. Here she shares tips for more advanced work, which will help you deal with additional barriers on your own.
Fear shapes a vital part of our emotions and behaviours and so affects our lives significantly, but often unconsciously. It has a crucial impact on whether we can realise our dreams and ideas. So, although it is easy to ignore, it is worth investing the energy to develop your awareness of it and the mental barriers it creates. Such coping, of course, requires time, effort and mental strength. But it also increases your freedom of expression, gives you a greater sense of vitality, develops inner strength and helps you to realise your dreams and projects.
The process of working with general fear is identical to the process for dealing with a specific fear that I covered in article two, tip two. Here, I will expand on the process in its general context a little more.
Step 1: Locate your fear
The first step in dealing with fear is to identify it, articulate it and write it down in detail. Try the following:
It’s time to achieve greater clarity. Pretend each fear is a separate entity and ask:
Give yourself a little time to freely write the whole chain as it evolves, even if it makes no sense at all.
For example: "You cannot really handle this project, it is too complicated / You will surely fail / And when you fail your reputation will suffer / Then you will no longer be commissioned to work on such projects."
Interestingly, sometimes the main source of fear is not the undesirable element, but the unknown quality of it. For this reason, among others, clarity is crucial to address those fears and gain the acceptance and confidence you deserve.