I care about my Magic Journaling Cards very much.
So much that while I’m working on them it’s really hard for me to feel like I’m good enough to do them justice.
Even though I know that done is better than perfect.
Even though I know that these cards, with all of their glorious imperfections, are going to help people to enjoy journaling more and get more of the juicy benefits of journaling (like emotional healing and transformation and dream manifestation).
Even though I know that I have more than enough experience teaching this stuff to be able to design the cards in such a way that they are magically helpful.
None of that matters to my inner critic.
The more I care about something, the harder it is for me to create it.
The stakes feel too high.
I have so much love for the thing, and expect so much from it, it’s like I just can’t be happy with how it’s turning out, no matter how good a job I do.
When I feel this way it’s a sign that I have handed the steering wheel over to my inner critic.
And that in these moments my job is NOT to try harder, or get better or take a break.
My job is to take back the steering wheel.
So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few days.
If I were to keep working on the cards, I’d be putting this weird fighting-the-inner-critic-trying-to-prove-my-worth energy into this project.? (And trust me – people CAN feel it when you’re creating from that place and it WILL impact the success of your project.)
So instead I’m meeting with my inner critic and with the heart and soul of the cards project.
I’m transforming the fear and doubt and filling up on the qualities of my project, so that they can light the path to fruition.
People are always asking me how to get around the inner critic.
They want to know how to out-run it – which is impossible.
But you can heal it.? And then you can transform it.? And then you can do your great work and bring your creative dreams to life.
And then you start again with the next thing.
In my opinion, getting good at the inner work is the only path to success.? That’s why it’s the thing that I teach – because I want all of us to succeed.
(So if you’re struggling with your inner critic – come and learn how to transform it!)
And today – I’m back.
The steering wheel is firmly in my grip.
My inner critic has been transformed into an ally – he’s busy creating an energy atmosphere of flow, delight and ease for me to work in.
So – I’m working.
In fact I’ve got over 33 of the cards done (I’m not sure how big the deck is going to be – I don’t want to pick an arbitrary number, I just want to make sure it includes everything that it needs to be a magically helpful deck).
And today I want to get a bunch more done…