Do you make your decisions based on the opinions of others? And, if you are creative professionally, do you find yourself editing or judging new ideas because you think others will not receive them well, and they won’t be popular or sell? Have you ever trashed ideas you knew on a gut level to be brilliant, because you were afraid they’d be harshly judged by others?
Are you limited to recreating your “greatest hits”? Can you still experiment without needing to produce a beautiful finished product that makes sense to everyone else?
Is your creativity, in effect, owned by a committee you are not a member of? Are you more addicted to the popularity of your work than you are to the sheer joy of creating it, without caring whether anyone else can see it or not? Do you live your life and create for yourself from love and your truth? Or are you constantly needing others to approve?
You may have forgotten that you have fans who like your work because it came from you. You did that work out of passion and vision. If you get stuck in the past, you will get stale. You won’t have the energy to find your new vision. It is your courage that leads you to the next brilliance you bring forth. That courage is the true gift you bring, the gift of being you.
If you don’t put your work out there because you are in judgment of the critics and the group, and are sure nobody will ‘get it’ because it’s so amazing, you are also letting others decide what you are able to have.
Your ‘work’ can be defined as your life and how you live it. You are your own work. Do you have permission to create you, even if others in your world don’t like who you decide to become?