The Key to Creative Happiness: A How-To Guide Part 2

How to Share and Be Happy

To be happy with yourself, you’ve got to lose yourself now and then. ~ Bob Genovesi

Still, I know from experience how difficult it is to overcome personal insecurities in order to share one’s work. So, how do you overcome your fears and insecurities in order to share your creative work with others and gain the happiness that comes from that sharing?

Shift your frame of mind.

First, overcoming any fear or insecurity requires a shift in perspective, a kind of reframing of experience, in which the potential rewards outweigh possible negative outcomes.

Instead of obsessing over all the potentially negative consequences of sharing your work, dwell instead on the inevitable rewards—feelings of success, connection with others and with your world, and the opportunity to hone and master your craft.

Take small, calculated risks.

Early on, it’s important to share your work among those you trust the most, such as friends and family members. Then, once you feel ready, you can take some larger risks and share your work with others through different means.

Try playing your music at a small, friendly open mic. Start a blog for your photography and invite your friends and acquaintances to visit it. Take a painting class. Join an online writing site. Or submit your work to a journal. There are so many ways to share your art and with some forethought and planning, you can easily find incremental ways to take risks and share your creative projects.

Let your work speak for itself.

Perhaps, though, the biggest part of sharing one’s creative work is letting it go and allowing it to speak for itself. As I’ve asserted in a previous article, we are not the products of our creative labor.

It’s important not to confuse your ego, or your sense of self with your artistic creations.

Once you draw a boundary between your work and your ego, letting your work speak for itself, or stand on its own legs so to speak, is much easier.

Let go of failure.

The success or failure of your work says very little about who you are as a person or as an artist. Instead, its success or failure speaks to the work itself. And while all of us want to hit that artistic home run every time, it’s just not possible to do so.

More significantly, there’s really no way to fail at creativity. Creativity just doesn’t operate within the terms of success and failure.

Rather than focusing on potential failure, embrace your creativity for what it is—an inherent and perfect part of who you are.

Light the Path

When you write from the heart, you not only light the dark path of your readers, you light your own way as well. ~ Marjorie Holmes

So, if you’re seeking to enhance your creative happiness, then share your work with others. Put it into the world and let it shine there. You never know who may desperately need your words or your art. You never know the amount of happiness it might provide another.

So, let your creativity and artistic work illuminate a path of happiness not only for yourself but for others as well.

What makes you happy in your creativity?