it’s sunday – which means it’s creating dreams come true day. creating dreams come true is a free ongoing e-course and creative community to support you in living your dreams. if you are new, please feel free to join right in. the more creative dreamers the better!
this week we’re going to shake things up. we’re going take a risk. we’re going to step out of our comfort zones.
when i talk about comfort zones in my workshops, i draw this quick sketch:
i start by drawing the middle circle and putting the person in it and ask the participants to see this as themselves, and see how all of the things and situations in their lives are in that circle with them. and that circle is their comfort zone. then i draw the band around the circle and explain that fear and resistance are what keep the comfort zone in place, and what keeps you from moving through it. then i draw the stars outside of the band indicating all of the dreams and things that feel beyond your reach.
they are only beyond your reach because of your own fear and resistance.
i don’t say this in a blame-y way, as in “you put the fear and resistance there and it’s your fault if things are not working out for you”. not at all. i say this in a “hey this stuff is holding you back and guess what – you actually have the power to move it out of the way!”
i say it in an empowering and you-are-awesome kind of way.
because you are awesome, your dreams are awesome, and it is possible for you to move this crap out of the way and get at them.
but to do that means moving through that fear and resistance. there is simply no way to move forward with a creative dream without stretching that comfort zone. last week we talked about not giving up and how there is so much value in the times of rejection and difficulty, as these are times when we get stronger and our dreams get stronger. the same thing applies to stepping out of our comfort zones – it makes us stronger.
when i started doing my creativity workshops i didn’t know anything about marketing and how to get people to actually register for a workshop. i had workshops with 0 attendees, and i just kept going. then i had workshops with 1 or 2 attendees and i was so grateful that i was able to do the workshop! i could have started by calling a promoter and making sure i was going to do well, but there is so much value in taking small steps, taking small risks, and growing a dream organically. in the times of those small workshops i became a better facilitator. i had more one-on-one time with people so i really understood what their workshop experience was and was then able to find ways to improve. and when more people started coming, i was ready because i had built up my facilitating muscles. i had also, slowly but surely, stretched my comfort zone to include giving great workshops.
i still remember setting up a workshop, waiting for people to show up, realising no one was coming, packing up and going home. (though actually, i found out later someone was coming – he was just late and when he got there i was gone) that day my car was in the shop, so i had borrowed my mom’s car. this meant a bunch of extra driving and annoyance for me and my mom, all for nothing. but as i was driving back to her place i thought – well it’s not for nothing.
it’s actually awesome that i took the chance.
it’s actually awesome that i got as far as planning the workshop and setting up the space. i really believed that if i kept putting it out there, people would start to respond.
and they have. and i have great lively workshops now. but i simply couldn’t have started with great lively workshops! i had to start where i was at the time, and where i was was not knowing how to draw people to my workshops. but i could not become someone who knew how to do it by not trying! and i couldn’t start trying without taking a risk and stepping out of my comfort zone.
if there is something about your dreams that you aren’t sure of and are waiting for that piece to fit before acting – i want to encourage you to act anyway. because when you act anyway you are putting yourself right into that fear and resistance and learning to move through it. this stretches your comfort zone out to include more of the good things you want.
do everything you can right now.
everything you do and everything you learn stretches your comfort zone and before you know if *pouf* you’ve got success.
creative dream assignment: take a risk
take a look at your life: where are you stuck in your comfort zone and where can you bust out of it? post a comment below letting us know your plans. then come back and post again once you’ve taken action.
creative dream check-in
please join the comments below and let us know where your dreams are growing and flowing and where they’re stuck. also share any questions or ideas about this week’s topic, or just say hello.
i am BUSY with my unleash your creative magic sessions. i am working with people, testing my ideas and processes, making adjustments and putting together new plans. it feels really good to be this busy helping people bust through blocks and get at their dreams. i can’t imagine doing anything more rewarding or perfect than this. i am starting to get a feel for how i work best and to get an idea of what kinds of unleash your creative magic packages i want to put together. very exciting.
oh and my abundance seedlings are really thriving and i have started planting them. (i planted sweet peas, foxgloves, zinnias and dahlias – keeping the lavender inside for another week as it is still quite small and delicate) oh i love my garden in the spring when everything is that amazing shade of green that only new seedlings can be. the green is fresher and newer and there is so much life in it. it is so nourishing to be out there. my garden inspires me so much.
for my assignment this week: well i am already doing it! stepping out of my comfort zone and offering these creativity coaching sessions. i am seeing how it really is time though. i have been a new thought practitioner at the centre for conscious living for a few years now and have loved working with people there, using the new thought principles we teach to support and guide them into their dreams. i love seeing people get what they want out of their lives. and i know i am ready to go out on my own with this, to do it ABCstyle and not under the umbrella of the centre for conscious living. this has meant i’ve had to face quite a lot of fear and resistance as i move out of my comfort zone. my ways of working through it are: journaling, simply being with the feelings and honouring them, talking with good friends, meditation, yoga and when all else fails – a glittery lush bath and a nap.
and i am looking forward to hearing your updates!
andrea schroeder creates creativity workshops, downloadable creativity kits, art and guided meditations to support you in knowing and remembering that you are a creative being and you can create anything.