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10 Ways to Thrive as a Creative Artist

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6. Connect with your THOUGHTS

You can learn what your inner critic wants and how to peacefully coexist with it. You have the power to change your perception, and to out-think your fears and your inner critic.

Daily Practice: This is from "Taming your Gremlin" by Richard Carson. Simply notice when you have a self-criticizing or negative thought. You don't have to act on it, dwell on it, believe it, argue with it or rationalize it. Simply notice it.

7. Connect with your FEARS

There can be fears just under the surface of every choice we make in a day's time. Fear of being rejected keeps us from asking someone to join us for coffee. Fear of financial insecurity keeps us from buying something wonderful that would inspire us creatively. Fear of failure keeps us from starting or finishing a new project.

Daily Practice: Name one fear that's guiding your actions today. Write it down, and then talk about it to someone you trust, or explore it in song, musical improvisation or art. Now, identify one small step towards the action you've been afraid to do and commit to when you'll do it. If the action is small enough to be done in two minutes or less — do it today!

8. Connect with your FELLOW TRAVELERS

Whether it's your band mates, conductor, audience, mother, spouse, artistic community members or children, our relationships can enhance AND challenge our lives in many ways.

Daily Practice: Ask someone else about their dream (creative or otherwise) and listen intently to their answer. Ask questions and let them know you've heard what they've said by repeating little bits back to them. In this one brief conversation, practice NOT sharing your own personal experiences, simply be there to listen intently and witness their dream.

9. Connect with your STRENGTHS

Learn how to acknowledge your own gifts, accept compliments graciously and to present yourself confidently as the extraordinarily unique artist that you are.

Daily Practice: Create a list of everything that's wonderful about you — the different roles you hold in life, your accomplishments, the failures you've learned from and survived, the losses you've endured, the gifts you were born with, the skills you've developed and the knowledge you've gained. Read this list every day and connect with your strengths.

10. Connect with your SURROUNDINGS

A cluttered environment can create chaos and makes it that much more difficult to get things done ("Where's my pen?").

Daily Practice: A major clutter-clearing can take weeks and is best done a little bit at a time so it doesn't get too overwhelming. For today, simply put away your things after you're done with them. •

© Linda Dessau, 2005. All rights reserved.

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3/12/05