Good Evening Friends!
I hope you all are having a wonderful day all across the world. Tonight, we are diving into the final installment of the “Tapping into Your Inner Child” series. I sincerely hope you’ve found inspiration from these posts. That said, let’s take a look at tonight’s topic: harnessing your creative talents. By now you’ve learned that you have an inner child. That space within you that is ready to flourish and let your creativity flow. You’re eager to step back from the adult portion of your brain, and shift into a space of liberation, peace, innocence, and joy. Tonight, we’re going to dissect how to take your well of creativity and channel it all into something you’re passionate about. Are you ready? Then, let’s dive in!
I. Force Yourself to Say Yes:
I wonder when it begins to happen that we shift from saying “yes” with unbridled passion and curiosity, to slipping into a new pattern of saying “no” to things in life? Perhaps it is in middle school, when bullies are aplenty and we shrink into a mode of self-preservation? Perhaps it is in high school when our dreams are tossed into the bin, and we are forced to crunch information lest we aren’t prepared for our SAT’s or ACT’s? Whenever it is that we begin to shrink back from our passions, desires, and interests, that is the moment in which our brain begins to change.
As you tap into your inner child, you will go against the hard-wiring of years-long habits of saying “no” or “I can’t” to things. Instead, force yourself to say “YES!”. Say yes to regressing in your mind. Say yes to trying that hobby you always wanted to do. Say yes to painting a picture, or taking a sculpting class. Just say YES! One of my favorite quotes is by Nelson Mandela. He said:
“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”. – Nelson Mandela
It’s okay to be nervous about trying something new. It’s okay to be nervous about tapping into your “inner child”. It’s okay to feel fear in any new activity. But sit with the emotion. Move through it, and still say yes. Force yourself to say yes and conquer that fear.
II. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail:
My daughter was practicing her drawing recently. She had previously announced to me that she wanted to take her sketching more seriously, so I invested in quality art supplies and paper for her to practice on. She had been watching drawing tutorials and was attempting to draw this kawaii ice cream cone. Over and over she drew this image, each time asking me if there was anything that could be improved upon. I could have simply said, “it’s great, honey!”, but she wanted my honest feedback. So, I said to her, “you should use a ruler to make your lines straighter on the cone”. Her face contorted into frustration, but back to the literal drawing board she went. After the 6th cone, her drawing significantly improved. She had failed, but then she had learned.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is simply learning what not to do for the next attempt that you try. It isn’t complete and total defeat. Know that as you dive into your passions, no one expects you to be an expert right off the bat. Try, fail, and then try again. Learn from your mistakes. Dive in and feel around for what feels comfortable. If you’re nervous about tapping into your inner child for the first time, take it slow. Do one simple activity. See if it feels good on your soul. If not, try something else. Eventually you will do an activity in which your heart will lift and you will smile. It is in that moment that you will have connected to your inner child.
III. Do Something You Loved as a Child:
Someone once told me years ago, that your passions likely are things you used to love as a child. I let that information tumble around my brain for a while before I realized that they were correct. Personally, I have loved writing since I could pick up a pencil. I remember one of my earliest writing pieces was in kindergarten. I had written what I wanted to do when I grew up. I said, “I want to fly all over the world and feed food to every single person in the world”. A lofty goal (lol). But seeing that writing again reminded me the joy I feel when I write. When you find a passion, it doesn’t feel like work. Instead, you look forward to it. You make time because you’re eager to spend more time doing the thing that you love.
So, think about when you were a child. What is it that you loved to do? Make a list and write them all down. Then, make another column and challenge yourself to write how you would “elevate” each childhood passion into something you can do now as an adult. For example: writing = writer, video gaming = video game design, coloring = artist, running = personal fitness trainer, soccer = coach of a youth league, etc. Your creative passions are likely things that have been laying dormant inside of you for years. Unearth them. Let them take flight and see where the journey goes.
IV. Don’t Be Afraid of Hard Work:
As you harness your creative talents, and begin to walk down a road full of magic, light, and a new routine, don’t be afraid to work extra hard for the big dream. I urge you to dream big. If you can dream it, you absolutely can achieve it. Allow yourself time to daydream and see what things you enjoy. Be fluid and give yourself permission to shift in your tastes as you go along. But all the while, work hard towards that big dream. I have my own big dream, and I do one thing every day to inch ever closer towards making that dream a reality. Go the extra mile. Know that there will be sacrifices that you’ll make along the way, but the moment that you achieve that dream…. It will feel so good!
Alright my friends, that’s from me for this post. I hope you all enjoyed it. If you did, hit that like button and let me know. Stay tuned as we dive into the new series beginning January 1st that is: The Dominant’s Den: 31 Days of Gentle Guidance Exercises for Your Little. And please enjoy more installments of “Married to Master”, a collaboration series I’m doing with my dear friend, Elena at “Ten Shades & Me” and I will see you back here in the morning!