Let me ask you a question.
Would you call yourself a creative?
I was asked this question earlier this week by one of my coaches.
I paused, pondered and replied, “Hell, yes!!”
As I reflected on my session afterwards it dawned on me that whatever I’d answered would have been true.
To quote Henry Ford –
‘Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re exactly right.”
It got me thinking about how we interpret our abilities.
I mean, do you think you’re good at something and rubbish at other things?
Do you slack on some things because you’re afraid you'll be rubbish?
And where does that belief come from? You weren't born thinking that way so who or what event created that story?
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung talks about how we determine our view of the world between the ages of 0 - 7 years old.
So by your 7th birthday you've already created who you need to be to survive. Apparently this underpins every future action and interaction.
This concept was illustrated beautifully in Tiffany Haddish’s recent autobiography.
You might be familiar with her.
She's a very raw and expressive black American actress and comedienne who's career is really kicking off right now with the support and assistance of Kevin Hart.
In her autobiography entitled, The Last Black Unicorn she recalls how she couldn't read or write by the time she was 8 years old.
She openly shares that she thinks her resistance towards learning came from being told every day that she was stupid and ugly by family not to mention the fact that she felt totally unloved by her mother and father.... whom she really loved.
By 8 years old, she truly believed that she was stupid and ugly and had resigned to the fact that she couldn't learn.
She had even worked out what she needed to do to survive in the classroom by being funny in exchange for copying and memorising school work from her class mates to mask her illiteracy.
So, do you hold a belief that belongs to your 7 year old self?
A belief that’s no longer relevant to your adult self but yet still has power over your present thoughts and actions?
In January, we uncovered that the first key to your personal creative success is clarity.
The second key is a positive belief that when held with conviction plus consciously developed can propel you to new heights of achievement.
With practice, it’s a massive confidence builder and can assist in quietening the voice of your 7 year old self to make room for your present day adult’s self expression.
I invite you to stick with me this month as we uncover that second key and explore how to incorporate it into your creative world for ultimate success.