"What's Your Mindset?" Drawing by Mary Gow

“What’s Your Mindset?” Drawing by Mary Gow

Recently I attended a motivational workshop. Here’s some of my favorite lines from the trainer’s script:

“People change when it’s too painful not to.”

“Life is the best game ever created!”

“No thought in your head lives rent-free!”

“Every cell thinks.” – Thomas Edison

“Every master was once a disaster.” – T. Harv Eker

“I’m my own coach, referee, and executioner.”

The last quote stuck because of the impact of the word “executioner.” Ouch! To me being this equates to being what Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way, calls a “Shadow Artist” – an artist whose creative spirit was not nurtured nor encouraged in their native family. Unfortunately the shadow artist may never know they are an artist.

Cameron goes on to say, “Very often, audacity, not talent, makes one person an artist and another a shadow artist – hiding in the shadows, afraid to step out and expose the dream to the light, fearful that it will disintegrate to the touch.”

How to be kinder to yourself? I agree with Cameron, “In order to move from the realm of the shadows into the light of creativity, shadow artists must learn to take themselves seriously.”

Shadow artists can and do emerge. They begin with baby steps. The executioner within is our own core negative beliefs. Which brings me to another quote:

“Beliefs are based on evidence and are subject to change with new evidence.”

The trainer, Eric Frady, said “I’m an aggravational speaker if I’m doing my job.”

Thank you Mr. Frady.