The first limiting belief I want to explore is a very simple but pernicious one. It is one that makes a person special in a negative way – and being special is something all artists crave deep within.
It goes along the lines of “I’m different.” They are not like everyone else, and in this case, the distinguishing feature is the fact that success eludes them.
I can’t have success.
There is more than a little bit of the “special snowflake syndrome” involved in this belief, and it’s probably also tied into the “starving artist” idea.
It is possible that by denying themselves financial success, some artists feel more like an artist. Or that a writer feels they can’t be creative if they are “rich”. This belief can evolve into a firm conviction that success could actually destroy creativity by forcing an artist to conform to market demands.
For writers, it often means making the decision of writing what you enjoy versus writing for the market. I’ve seen this discussion many, many times.
As you can see, it can get tricky.
On the other hand, I’m certain that every writer and every artist can find a happy balance of being both creative and successful in a way that is very satisfying.
Because it’s not really fun to be a starving artist. And any belief that keeps you there is not supportive at all. So lets shift it.
Even though I hate the idea of writing just for the market – possibly Billionaire Romance, ugh! – and I’d rather not make a whole lot of money with my writing, I’m still a good writer, and I now choose to find a genre that balances my writing joy with making money.
Even though I can’t bring myself to write in a certain genre just to please the market, I’m a good writer, and I now choose to write what pleases me and get so good at it that it sells anyway.
Even though I may have this belief that I, personally, can’t have success with my writing and my art, I’m still good at what I do, and I give myself permission to release that belief and learn enough marketing to easily sell what I create.
What kind of success would make you feel very happy?
How do you feel when you think about that?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – what are you creating right now?
Would love to hear from you!
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PS: You’ll find my personal experiences with these beliefs in the comment section. Because I am tapping with these very sentences, I’m inviting you to join me on this journey, and share your experiences.
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