I seemed to have been blocked around Gail McMeekin‘s Secret #9 Transcending Rejections and Roadblocks since I waited two weeks to get to it! Haha! I am my own roadblock when I get caught up in my own doubts and fears. I can forget that I need to take steps to move out of the dark forest of doubt and into the flow of the creative process. Not only is it a vulnerable act to creatively express ourselves, to expose our emotions and personal thoughts, but on top of that, I can be quite sensitive to criticism or not being understood.
AND, I have so much valuable evidence that inevitably good things happen when I put myself out there. I learn something, or I meet new people or I somehow make a positive difference, etc. So, I continue to pick myself up and put one foot in front of the other.
Sometimes when something doesn’t go the way I had hoped, I’ll get thrown off track for awhile. For example, about four years ago, I participated in a retreat that threw me for a loop. I hadn’t shown up the way I had wanted to and I was really down on myself. It actually took about a year for me to fully recover my confidence. Despite the delay, the lightbulb moment was powerful when I realized that I had moved past that experience. I had learned what I needed to by continuing to work my edge and I had become stronger in the process.
As I work on my first book proposal, I will keep in mind the journeys of the creative women highlighted in this chapter who persevered through all sorts of challenges. I love the suggestion of tapping into your warrior energy to move through adversity. Above is a detail shot of a money collage I did last year. I will call on this warrior woman’s fierceness for sure! (And I’ll take her killer abs, too!).
How do you overcome rejections and roadblocks?