Do know who you are? Are you consistent and steady in your daily creative endeavours, confident in the face of the sometimes harsh responses to your work? Or maybe there is silence, nobody pays attention. How does that affect you? Your driver’s licence has a name and a photograph. Your online social profiles, your employee records, your tax accounts, birth certificate and other records all represent a fixed and unchanging you. But are you fixed and unchanging?
It’s Sunday morning and it’s Christmas Eve too, so I firstly would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and new year. I like Christmas. That to me is a good enough reason to take part, although I think most of us just row in simply because there’s a tradition built up in our culture. I want to talk about that a little bit today.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about the nature of my reality. In particular, I was considering what it means to transition through what is termed in psychology as the existential crisis and how the outside world relates to that experience. This podcast episode is about that.
You must kill your fucking heroes! Take the metaphorical blade and slit their metaphorical throats. Slaughter them! Have no mercy. These fictions are no use to you. They keep you from your best work and enslave you in the false idea that they have come to represent in your mind.
In order for us creative people to find success in our careers we must be willing and able to identify our own deficiencies in self belief and ability. By taking an inner look at our own behaviour we can sometimes identify where these deficiencies lie. Self efficacy may be just another one of those abstract terms to you, but as artists it matters that we understand it. – Here’s why.
It’s a self identity thing. Who am I kind of self talk, you know when someone voices an opinion of you or your performance. I was going to use the word “ego” but I’ll choose something else because we have a kind of mixed up notion of what ego is. I’ll use the word “me” instead.
Alison Lighthall Miller (what a great name!) and I are both part of a bloggers forum group on Facebook and we got chatting recently over email about doing #EpicShit, the noise of too much advice and how to Overcome Self Doubt. Alison is a former US Military nurse and works with women suffering from depression, and […]