Every once in a while, we all encounter a sense of fear in our practices.
Fear of what? Of taking the next step in your career, of trying something new in the studio, of talking to a stranger at an opening, of reaching out to your idol, of putting your work out into the world? And why are we fearful of that? Because of failure. It boils down to the fact that we're all afraid of failing. But what does that mean, exactly? For each of the examples mentioned above, the stakes are of course a bit different. Do any of your fears make you stop in your tracks and feel unable to move forward?
Luckily for all of us, failure is part of the process. And sometimes failure is the best thing that can happen, because it allows you to reassess your situation, your point of view, and your approach. It often leads to new ideas, new ways of working, and new relationships. It is why great things happen, which is why you have to at least try. Nothing happens without trying, and that's the stasis we want to avoid!
Here are three things to think about when you feel fear creeping in and preventing you from taking a next step:
1) What exactly is it that is making your fearful? Get specific and identify what aspect of the task is preventing you from moving forward.
2) Talk or write it out. Find someone to confide in, or write it out in your journal. Chances are, once you've listed your specific fears, they will no longer seem so scary or daunting.
3) If you are feeling fear, switch over to feeling gratitude instead. For example, if you are at an opening and afraid to introduce yourself to someone, instead take a fresh look at the situation and feel grateful to be able to be in the position to make this connection/be part of this artist community/to have seen the great show this person has curated. Chances are, it will change your attitude and point of view, and you'll no longer be afraid to say hi.
Let us know what fears are holding you back. We want to start a conversation and help you move forward!