The default position of the creative person is one of self-doubt and lack of belief. A creative person questions his/her ability and creativity.
You hear them make statements such as:“I’m a writer but I think what I write is rubbish.” “I paint a little bit but I don’t display my work.” “I play guitar but I’m not very good.”
We make a statement about our creativity and weaken it with a caveat: “but.”
It’s an act of self-deprecation in an attempt to sound humble or a way to avoid embarrassment. We make a trite statement, borne out of fear.
Fear of ridicule.
Fear of mockery.
Fear of failure.
Fear of scorn.
Fear of apathy.
We believe we are not worthy, that we know nothing, that we will be exposed as a sham or a farce dancing around in the Emperor’s new clothes.
The default position as a creative person should be one of confidence and belief. Confidence in your ability to write, paint, sculpt, play an instrument, or whatever creative endeavour you pursue; and a belief in the yourself as a creative person.
How do you move the default position from self-doubt and lack of belief to a new default position of confidence and belief?
The words we speak over ourselves have power.
For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
A creative person is passionate about his work and will speak with confidence about current projects and his ability as an artist. An artist knows he is always learning, creating the best product he can with the skills and resources he has. But he believes in who he is and what he does.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Proverbs 4:24
Just as how you talk about yourself creates a positive perspective, so too does your talk about other people. Tearing down people is too easy and benefits no one. Speak positively about others and speak positively into their lives. Encourage and enable other creative people to fulfill their potential.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
If you are a creative person, how will you speak about your work? How will you speak about yourself?
What will your default position be?
Make a statement today.
I am making a statement, “I am a writer.”
Make a bold statement.
Make a bold, declarative statement.
Make a bold, declarative, confessional statement today to pronounce what you are to the world.
I am a ___________.
How will you fill in the blank?