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So I’m sitting in the digital classroom, I could see the questions on creative entrepreneurship popping into the question box. I upvoted my favorites, posted my own, and got excited by the collective energy of us all working towards making things happen for our businesses.
Naturally, as I read through what people were asking, I’d think about how I’d respond, or anticipate what the instructor might say.
She went through the questions one by one. And when she did, I found that more often than not, I could guess what her answers were going to be.
Of course, part of my knowing came from having gone through the course myself, having taken other courses on similar topics, and having consumed tons of content over the years on creative entrepreneurship. So I came in with a working knowledge.
But in this instance, it hit me that I actually know more than I give myself credit for.
However, it’s easy for me to not always feel that way. I feel confident in a lot of areas, and really feel good about my skillset, yet there’s often a drive to take another course or learn another thing before I can really move forward. The Internet moves so fast, with so many shiny things pulling at our attention, it’s easy to lose our center, as well as lose touch with the wisdom we’re already holding.
I do have to say though, I got a ton of that particular course and would full heartedly recommend it, but realizing I knew more than I gave myself credit for felt empowering. And, it also made me slow down and ask:
- Where am I not trusting myself?
- Where am I giving my power away?
- What’s preventing me from implementing what I already know?
- Where do I look for permission or validation to trust my intuition and knowledge?
It was helpful to see that these questions were about creative blocks and resistance, not about ability.
When we step out onto the path of creative entrepreneurship it’s easy to lose connection to the knowledge we come to the table with. This is because every level of creative entrepreneurship is new territory and uncertainty comes along for the ride.
The parts of ourselves that need healing or transformation, naturally come up. So if we struggle with trusting ourselves, or needing permission, these pieces will be amplified. Of course, it’s rough when these things show their faces, but it’s such a gift that they do. Because, when we approach them with consciousness, see them for what they are, and just know that our stuff will arise as part of the deal, we can engage and move through them in healing ways.
It’s easy to look at those around us online and think they have it all together, when in fact we’re not seeing what’s happening behind the scenes, or the work that brought them to the place they are at now. We don’t know their internal struggles or their own doubts and fears they have to push through. Because we all have them.
So it’s easy to quickly doubt our inner compass. It’s easy to get caught in launches and hypes of buying the next thing. Although, I will say there are times when courses and services are exactly what we need. And there are certain teachers we’ll always buy from (at least I know that’s true for me).
However, there’s a lesson here about trusting ourselves. That we have everything we need to start.
There’s a Joseph Campbell quote I just love. He says, “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
This hits home for me. I’m someone who loves clarity and sure footing before I proceed. However, I have to remember that clarity comes from engagement. That there’s a guidance system taking us on our own personal hero’s journey.
There will be guides along the way. There will be ups and downs. Learnings will naturally occur, and we’ll need to gain wisdom from our guides, however, remember this is building on the wisdom we already possess.
The work becomes slowing down and asking ourselves, how should I best proceed? Then, of course, trusting the answer and taking next steps.
The answer may be to take the class, hire the person, it may be to pause and regroup, it may be to take your sword and go full steam ahead. Whatever it is, you have a practical knowledge base, as well as an internal guidance system lighting your path. The Internet can be a noisy and dizzying place. But know your path is your own, and you have all you need to make the trek.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Have you had experiences where you’d known more than you thought? Do you ever struggle with doubt? You’re not alone, (I’ve definitely been there!) and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Big love and huge digital hugs,