I just accomplished a goal. I traveled to give a workshop. It’s the first time I’ve been asked to present my Creativity and Innovation workshop out of town. It was also the largest audience I’ve ever presented to. Since it was a regional women’s conference, it was not filled with familiar faces. I did great. I’ve presented this several times, so it’s been fine-tuned. I had good involvement with the audience, they laughed when I wanted them to and a few lingered afterwards to talk. Immediately after I had that speaker high from the knowledge that I did well.
So the surprise came on the daylong drive home. I did well, but I asked myself, “Was it good enough?” I know I was not as good as the keynote speaker. I’ve got no future bookings. I’m really a fraud.
Wow! Where did this negative self speak come from? I’m immersed in what the creative process is. Not only is it what my workshop is about, I’m also facilitating An Artist’s Way at Work group and we’re halfway through the 12-week program. Even my professional club’s last speaker a few days ago was on the Creative Process.
I was experiencing the very thing I talk about—negative self speak. I know this can be roadblocks to creativity, if we allow it.
My club’s speaker said something that put it all into context. It’s that yes, self-doubt is part of the creative process (at least for many). We all experience it somewhat differently. When it happens, simply recognize it for what it is. What’s important is to know your own process.
AH HA! So for me, this self-doubt is part of me pushing my own boundaries. That doesn’t mean to stop moving forward. This happened after I gave my presentation, not before, which is when I expected the emotion. So, I must be gentle with myself and not let this emotion stop me.
I’ve also leaned to recognize the gifts the universe sends me. In the middle of all these negative thoughts, I get an email. I’ve been asked to be a conversationalist at the upcoming TEDxLSU . I respond immediately with a big YES. I don’t even really know what the duties of the job entail, but I figure they know I can talk to most anybody. Me being a talker, of this I have no doubt.
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