As you pursue success with your writing and creative work, there are three key moments that threaten to derail you.
It is in these three moments where most people stop. They give up. Now they rarely utter the words, “I give up.” Instead, they keenly look around, do an analysis, and conclude it is silly to keep going. They reason that it is logical to stop, or put their energies elsewhere.
Today I’d like to share advice that comes from having worked with hundreds of authors. This is the stuff I would tell anyone who has reached one — or all of these three — of these critical moments in pursuit of their creative work.
Moment 1: Yes, you have permission to begin.
The first moment that will potentially stall your creative work is the starting point. So many people succumb to the enormous resistance that’s always present when starting something new.
They won’t begin, or won’t move beyond the most foundational steps. Sure they may say “I’m writing a novel,” but the reality is, they aren’t. They wrote an outline, then stalled months ago.
I’ve found that many people struggle with permission to pursue their creative goals. They simply don’t feel justified or validated enough to accept permission to embrace the work they long to do.
For some it is deeply personal, wrapped up in their identity. Perhaps they sit down to write, and are reminded of an incident from their youth when they were shamed for trying to be creative. Or perhaps they were raised in an environment where financial security was emphasized, therefore pursuit of the arts was discouraged.