In his online class How to Create Fearlessly, psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel provided strategies to help people create more freely and effectively.
From the class description:
“All day long we’re supposed to get things right: pay our bills, pick up our kids, and so on. It is very hard to move from this everyday mindset to a creative mindset where huge mistakes and messes are permitted and even welcomed.
“You may understand in your mind that the creative process comes with mistakes and messes but you must accept this truth in your body!”
(Photo above: Loren Long talks about dealing with insecurity in my article Talented, But Insecure – How To Gain Confidence – an excerpt from my main book, with quotes by other artists as well as psychologists.)
Another point Dr. Maisel addresses is accepting reality:
“The reality of process is that not everything you create will turn out well. You must accept this reality and learn the necessary dance of attachment and detachment.
“Maintain your dreams, desires, and ambitions for your creative work while at the same time accepting that only a percentage of what you attempt will prove successful!”
In this video of the class (formerly on the entheos site), Maisel talks about those ideas and others, such as shifting our mindset.
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One of his related books: Mastering Creative Anxiety.