Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
There's no fear when you're having fun.
What keeps you from trying something new? Not being good at it, doing a poor job of it, or looking like a fool? That’s the kind of thinking I’d like to change. We all have to realize that in just trying something new and overcoming the fear, we have already accomplished a brave achievement. We have succeeded regardless of the outcome. I have to admit, I spent quite a few years avoiding challenges, giving into my fear and taking the safe road. When I finally broke out of this bad habit, partially because I was forced to by my divorce, I finally realized what it felt like to be truly alive. Nothing will make you feel more energized than facing a fear head on and pushing yourself into unexplored territories.
A lot of brave souls who have never painted, or at least haven’t painted since grade school, have attended my Sociable Art classes. I like to tell them that they have already succeeded before they even touch the paintbrush to the canvas. Still a lot of the first timers tell me they are nervous before the class begins. Why? Because they are concerned that their painting will not look like mine. Most people have a little perfectionist whispering in their ear saying, “your effort will not be good enough”. I can put that voice to rest. No one’s effort will result in perfection, and that’s not what we’re aiming for.
What I’d like you to remember is that you are in a Sociable Art class to give your creativity a shove and wake it up out of it’s slumber. You will complete a painting by yourself. It will be your masterpiece whether it comes out looking a little abstract or very much like mine. You will be able to pat yourself on the back and say, “I did it!” and check another item off your bucket list. You might even find that it would be a fun hobby. We are there together for two hours to create and have fun doing it. It’s the journey not the destination that concerns us.
You will never be able to grow without challenging yourself and overcoming fear. Take a moment and examine some of the things you’d like to change and ask yourself what is holding you back. Maybe it’s time to start a new relationship, a new career, or move to a new town. Next time you’re faced with a new challenge, say your standing on the end of the high diving board, go ahead, jump in! I can promise it will be exhilarating.