How having faith in your own abilities can help you find your muse
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN, YOU PROBABLY CAN. IF YOU BELIEVE YOU WON'T, YOU MOST ASSUREDLY WON'T. BELIEF IS THE IGNITION SWITCH THAT GETS YOU OFF THE LAUNCHING PAD.
Believing in yourself and having confidence in your abilities will help you overcome doubts and make the big shot. If you have no faith in your creative abilities, it is hard to be inspired to create. Find your muse by knowing that you are able to.
Believe it to achieve it
Imagine yourself at the foul line, getting ready to shoot a free throw. Make it, and you win the game. It’s a big shot and your team is depending on you to step up. You dribble the ball a while then grasp it, your sweaty fingers pressed into the tough orange leather. You stare up at the net, crouch into your stance, your eyes move to the scoreboard; you gulp and begin sweat more. You dribble again even, risking glance over at your parents in the cheering section. As your gaze moves back to the net and you prepare to make the biggest shot of the game.
One of two things is about to happen…
You miss it
You have made this shot a million times in practice and know it is all about reaching your hand into the cookie jar and then swoosh! However, seeds of doubt penetrate the soil of your wavering mind. The ten foot distance from you to the backboard might as well be the length of a football field and the net has shrunk to thimble sized proportions. You began to believe in the jeers from the visitors section and you have already missed the shot, lost the game and even got dumped by your girlfriend in flash of the mind’s eye. Your shot goes up, but you know that it’s a brick. Sure enough it is. When it comes to making those big shots, confidence is everything. If you think you are going to miss the target, chances are you will.
You make it
You have made this shot a million times; it is all about grabbing that cookie. You put the ball up knowing it is going to get nothing but net. The distance in the same distance you have chalked out in your driveway. The net is and has been the same size throughout the game. Your mind’s eye clears away all the distraction of the crowd. You do not think about your parents or your girlfriend, it is you and the ball. Body mechanics take over and swoosh! You tie the game. When it comes to making the big shot, believing that you can is half of the battle.
Self doubt can turn into a self fulfilling prophecy, but so can confidence. In order to find your muse and firmly grasp onto your creative inspiration, you have to have faith in yourself and your own abilities. Allowing yourself to acknowledge your own talents will allow you to harness them in your creative endeavors.