Meet my Inner Critic, the dragon.
I have always been obsessed with dragons.
Perhaps it began with the famous song “Puff the Magic Dragon.”
Then there was the fierce dragon in Sleeping Beauty (who was actually the evil queen Maleficent.)
Don’t forget the dragon in the Hobbit who was guarding his horde beneath the mountain.
My love of dragons continued into high school and college years. I became a voracious reader of fantasy fiction like the Melanie Rawn series Dragon Prince.
No surprise, I happen to be born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
The image, myth and symbol of the dragon has been showing up in my dreams and thoughts recently. One of my clients even gifted me with a dragon.
I have learned to pay attention to the symbols that show up repeatedly and to get curious about them.
Throughout the history of myth and fantasy there have been good dragons, lazy dragons, evil treasure hoarding dragons or dragons who partner with humans on their adventures and quests to save the world, like the dragon Draco in the movie DragonHeart played by Sean Connery. Love that dragon!
According to www.whats-your-sign.com:
The most common message a Dragon totem carries to us is a need for strength, courage, and fortitude. Dragons are also messengers of balance, and magic – encouraging us to tap into our psychic nature and see the world through the eyes of mystery and wonder.
As I think about the work I am being called to do in the world this year, I understand why the dragon is showing up in both support and challenge.
- I need balance and courage.
- I believe in magic and seeing the world through eyes of wonder.
- I will need strength and fortitude as I learn to be more visible and share more vulnerably as I did in my recent post on “I can do better.”
One of my growing edges for this year is selling my art.
I am super confident in my business consulting and strategy skills.
I know I am an excellent teacher.
I love helping creatives to overcome fear and self-doubt, to stand in their value and share their work with confidence. That’s why our new Creative Business Accelerator offers equal parts mindset and strategy. Building business often feels like you have a dragon breathing down your neck.
But today, I am my own client trying to learn the lessons I teach.
The story in my head goes something like this:
- What if no one likes my art?
- All those Facebook comments are just people being nice.
- I don’t have the right equipment to take good photos of my art.
- I don’t need another business.
- I don’t have enough time…
- I don’t know how…
Does this sound familiar?
My Inner Critic is a fire-breathing evil dragon
My Inner Critic is the fire-breathing evil dragon guarding her horde, unwilling to share or leave the cave. She is fierce and she makes me feel safe and protected from harm. Here is a SoulCollage® card I made to honor this part of myself that wants to hide from the public and protect myself from judgment and criticism.
My journey to claiming myself as “Artist” with a capital A, has been a long and arduous one as I have battled with this dragon of self-doubt at times and worked hard to befriend her at other times, to soothe her and to make her feel safe to share.
As I work with the energy and symbolism of this powerful mythological creature, I claim it’s magic and it’s fire – not it’s judgment or it’s hoarding of treasure.
Sharing your most important work with the world requires the strength and courage of the dragon.
The world needs our gifts, our genius and our fire.
Creativity and innovation are hot topics in the business world. In fact creativity is the number one trait CEOs are looking for in new hires, according to an IBM study.
I am curious, what stops you from sharing your gifts and your creative genius with the world?
- You don’t know what your creative genius is?
- You don’t know how to talk about what you do?
- You Inner Critic is louder than your Inner Cheerleader?
- You want to share it but find marketing daunting?
Share your answer in the comments below.