“Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your Soul.” - Walt Whitman

For many artists, challenges are very personal. And one of the biggest challenges is the Critic in the room, the Inner Critic. This gnarly Inner Critic is the voice of your self-doubt and fear. It is the emotional ties that bind you, hold you back, keep you stuck, limit you in what you think is possible for you as an artist. This Inner Critic will critique and beat you up more than any audience or perceived expert ever will. If allowed, this Inner Critic will suck the life force right out of you.

“Being true to yourself is what feeds creativity, not self-doubt and criticism.” - Diane Arenberg

Why? Because it is a very frightened little creature. It acts nasty as a defense mechanism. What it really wants to do is crawl under a bankie with a sippy cup where it’s safe; where no one will bother him.

There are many ‘not safe’ zones for the Inner Critic. Here are a three:
1. Starting big project that you have never done before. (What if I fail?)

2. Having a bigger presence in the public eye than it has now. (It’s only a matter of time before they find out I’m not really that good.)

3. Rejection. (If they reject my art, then they reject me, and I will cease to be relevant - or even exist.)
Fear that you’re not being, or won’t be, acknowledged as an artist will hold you back. Fear that you’re not good enough compared with other artists will choke your expression. This fear may lead to anger, bitterness and even depression. Since you’re art is an expression of you, this fearful held-back state of beingness will be reflected in your art. There is a vast difference between deliberately illustrating and expressing pain, desperation, and other negative emotions and holding yourself back in your artistic expression as a result of pain, desperation and other negative emotions.

Here are some acronyms for the word FEAR (F.E.A.R.):
Finding Excuses And Reasons

- Are you procrastinating?
False Evidence Appearing Real

- Are you blaming other people or circumstances for being stuck your lack of success?
False Emotions Appearing Real

- Are you beating up on yourself for not being ‘good’ enough? Here’s a clue: If you’re feeling ‘down’ then there’s a good chance you’re beating up on yourself.
And my personal favorite (drum roll please)
*@#k Everything And Run

- Are you thinking about quitting, giving up on your pursuits as an artist?
You can deny your dreams but the outcome will be quiet desperation. The desperation becomes the safe comfort zone. You’re Inner Critic will fight hard to keep you where it feels safe. You may not like the desperate comfort zone that you find yourself in but it’s what you know. Safe. No surprises.
“To see far is one thing. Going there is another.” - Brancusi

If you find that you are in a state of FEAR there is a little trick you can apply to help you crawl out of that dark hole. You can ask yourself the following two questions:

1. What am I getting out of staying in this state? You don’t do anything unless you get something out of it. What is staying right where you are in your artistic process allowing you to do?

2. Who would I be; what would I do; what would I have without this fear? Use your imagination to visualize that life. Run with it! Breathe it in.

The only thing standing between you and want you want to create for your art and your life experience is you. It’s time to get out of your own way. Or, head down to Walmart and get yourself a nice bankie and sippy cup. Get several. You’ll be snuggled in, warm and comfy, for a long time.

“Remember, with every doubt comes a hitch in the natural flow of being.” - Ian Factor

Author's Bio: 

As your Inner Wizard Empowerment Mentor and Guide it is my mission to help you understand that you are much more than the sum of your parts. You are not your body, your painting, your last audition, your last book, your last performance. You are not your finances, your relationship status or your level of success. Often times a person who has lived life guided by their Inner Critic comes to the powerful realization that they are not what they have been identifying with. Then the struggle begins. When you have no idea who you are you will have such conflict within yourself it is almost impossible to truly succeed, grow and be healthy. Your Inner Wizard is the voice of your truth, your intuition, your passion, your Muse. That is why I have partnered with the most powerful tool to digs below the parts of identification to reveal true/authentic nature. Once you know and understand who the "I" in "I am" is you can begin to show up in life present, self-aware and expressing your authentic selves in all areas of your life. You can truly BE BIG and Live Out Loud! http://www.innerwizard.com/core-map

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