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Staying True To What You Truly Want To Become

I was reading over some of the most inspiring quotes from Steve Jobs and although I’ve read them before, they still re-inspire me over and over again. This one really hits home for me and something I often encourage my clients on:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—STEVE JOBS

Pursuing a life as an artist and creative professional is not a straight road, but one that includes many twists and turns.

Throughout my own process in discovering what is truly aligned with my heart and intuition, I’ve learned to welcome those twists and turns. They are essential in the process of defining and uncovering what it is we really want to do.

Don’t get me wrong those twists and turns can be sometimes painful and no doubt uncomfortable to be in when you’re right smack in it. Those periods are often plagued with uncertainty, self-doubt, feelings of inadequacy and disappointment. But I’m here to say that it’s okay to be in that space.

It takes a lot of courage to ride out those twists and turns to see what is waiting for you on the other side. That other side might simply be a change in your career, redefining your design or artistic style, quitting a job that is uncreative or finally writing that novel you’ve put off for years.

My wish for all of those out there pursing a creative career is that you don’t need permission to do what it is you really love to do and really want to do. When you finally give yourself the “OK” to do what you love, you get creative on making your biggest dreams a reality.

Cover image and top image from Shutterstock and The Creative Finder.

This is a cross-post from The Art of Mind.

Lisa A Riley, MA, LMFT is a Creativity Coach and has spent more than nine years working with creative individuals such as artists, actors, designers, musicians, writers, and actors. She “helps to empower clients to take steps towards enhancing their creativity and move closer to becoming the artist they envisioned themselves to be”. See her multiple ‘Products for Your Creative Success’ on her site The Art of Mind.

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