You only need to believe and have a little bit of grace and mercy upon yourself. This post is for me, and any other person struggling to get over themselves and allowing fear to stop them from using their gifts.
You know how many times I’ve heard that? I’ve let doubt countlessly hold me back. But sometimes, when you have no other option you are forced to make things work.
Figure it out.
The one and only advice my mom has given me over, and over, and over again – because she didn’t have the answers.
I’ve got a story to tell but I can’t share all the details. I learned that its best to teach from the scar, not the wound. Basically to let the open wound healing. But this current wound is pushing me to face my fears, push doubt aside, and do the work.
I’ve mentioned before that I am going to Haiti for the first time ever on a missions trip. I have to raise a certain amount to get there. My strategy is to use gofundme as the platform to collect the funds. In exchange for the funds, I am creating artwork as a form of thanks.
I want my art to take me places I’ve never dreamed of but I’ve been allowing fear to stop me.
When I try to answer the question, ” What are you afraid of?” I have a series of answers and additional thoughts that come to mind:
Failure – but what is considered failure? People not supporting me, not agreeing with my beliefs, fear of struggling financially – forever…..
These fears exist only in my head. Every time I’ve painted something for someone in the past they’ve loved it. I can be inspired by nature, people, places, animals – my imagination is the limit (and access to materials, my limbs – you get the point).
I thought of the bible verse, “Ye of little faith, why did you doubt?” I doubted because I didn’t believe it would work, despite the money I invested, despite the feedback I received, despite the requests for additional artwork, likes on social media, and on and on the list can go.
I’ve heard it countless times that you need to believe in your product before you can sell it to anyone else. It clicked for me yesterday as I saw typefaces, merchandise, the overall branding in WW Raw – and the responses of people in the crowd. Buying a cup of soda for $9 in a holographic cup – Nah I’ll take a regular size cup because that brand, it’s just not for me – And that is more than ok.
The other thing is to be genuine. Today I did my live video on Facebook and I was s0o scared. I did the video in spite of the fear because the cushion of money I had set aside as a backup is no longer available. This strategy has to work, and I’m willing to put in the work.
The only thing of caution is ensuring I have enough time per drawing that gives above $100. I need to figure that out.
Once I finish this strategy I’ll be making a course and you can sign up to know more about it in the form below.
I’ll be going live again this week on my facebook page, and I’ll be better prepared this time around.
Interested in supporting? Visit my gofundme page here.