How we interpret what's happening around us matters.
How we interpret what's happening inside us matters.
The words we use in our heads to make sense of it all are a big part of what determines whether or not we succeed in our creative endeavors.
So much of an artist's journey is an inside job, an epic battle to leave the familiarity of your comfort zone and venture just beyond what you think you're capable of all while revolting against the demons of limiting self-beliefs and paralyzing fear.
No matter how good you are, if you're doing it right, there'll be times when you'll fall short.
When you have a bad day, how do you speak to yourself?
Do you start telling yourself stories of how you aren't good enough and that you're a helpless victim of forces outside your control?
Or do you commend yourself for trying, telling yourself that you'll learn from this and come back stronger next time?
We each have between 30,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day and these thoughts can either build us up or tear us down.
Will you choose to talk to yourself like a disappointed, angry drill sergeant or as a kind, encouraging and honest friend who wants to see you grow and ultimately live the life of your dreams?
It's your choice.