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"I'm Not Talented and I Don't Have a Chance!"

"I'm Not Talented and I Don't Have a Chance!"

Eric Maisel

Here’s how some folks completed this exercise:

“I say that art making and selling my art work matters to me. But I often follow that thought up with the thought that my artwork is not good enough to be considered attractive to buyers, a thought that does not serve me. I no longer want to entertain that thought. I will be open to opportunities to market my art and I will actively search out the support of art patrons.”

“I say that being organized matters to me. But I often follow that thought up with the thought that I will take time to organize my living space in the future, a thought that does not serve me. I no longer want to entertain that thought. I am going to take the time today to organize my living space so that it feels peaceful and spacious, with a good energy flow.”

“I say that working on my watercolors and collages are important to me. But I often follow up that thought with what does any of it really matter? In the last few years, I’ve come up against so many roadblocks. It doesn’t feel like I matter to anyone. My husband is sick and needs my attention. Maybe concentrating on more basic needs is the most important thing to do—cleaning, gardening, exercising, etc. But I realize that the only way I can fail at my art is if I stop. The thought about quitting doesn’t serve me because it prevents any success from ever happening. I no longer want to entertain the thought of stopping!”

“I say that fibercraft matters to me, but I often follow that thought up with the following thoughts, that I’m too tired to knit, that it’s too troublesome to gather up the materials, that I don’t know what I’m doing, that I’m not making art, I’m just following instructions, that I don’t have the right tools, that I’m a poser and a pretender, and that I’ll do it wrong. These thoughts do not serve me and I no longer want to countenance those thoughts. I am going to knitting right now!”

I think you can sense how this process of disputing thoughts that do not serve you can help you create more often and more deeply. Do the above exercise; and then put the results into practice.


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