Actually itâ€™s not just limited to the three hobbies (or professions) in the title. This post is relevant to anyone who has a talent or skill they feel is being under-utilised and would like to develop further. This, of course, is where Life Coaching comes in. â€œHow so?â€ I hear you ask…
Getting rid of the creative block
Itâ€™s a term most often bandied about by writers but all those of an artistic nature can suffer from the block â€“ or stultifying of ideas. To creative types a â€˜blockâ€™ can be one of the worst possible scenarios especially if, as a working artists or writer, you have a print deadline or a commission on a piece of work. If so, you literally canâ€™t afford to have a block and need to learn how to get rid of it. In doing so you should be able to prevent it developing in the first place.
How can a life coach help?
â€œSheâ€™s not an artist she doesn’t even understand my art…â€. Well, we donâ€™t have to. Thatâ€™s because itâ€™s not your â€˜artâ€™ thatâ€™s making you blocked but something else going on in your own life and the way you view the world. By altering your perceptions â€“ both of the world and those around you â€“ you should be able to rid yourself of that block.
Clarifying your professional artistic goals
Whatâ€™s your working habits like? Do you stay up all night because thatâ€™s when you feel most creative? Weâ€™re thinking writers and artists here rather than musicians! If so, and you want to make a living from your art, maybe thatâ€™s something you can look at changing? Thatâ€™s because in order to market yourself you have to be available when the rest of the world is. Life coaching can also be a matter of helping you to manage your time better, allowing you to get a grip on that oft-used phrase these days – work/life balance.
Coping with performance anxiety
This is a biggie for those with an artistic bent, especially when they have to perform in public (the musician, actor etc). Of course other people suffer from fear about their work too â€“ the difference is they donâ€™t have an audience of hundreds watching, and often having paid good money to do so. Therefore for the performer the stakes feel so much higher.
But really itâ€™s all about coping with that internal critic â€“ the one who produces those negative thoughts. We have to learn to answer him or her back and show them that their fear isnâ€™t based on reality. Itâ€™s also about finding out where that fear came from in the first place and finding a way to deal with it so that it doesnâ€™t limit what you would like to potentially achieve. Once youâ€™ve identified the fearâ€™s origin and understood it, it becomes so much easier to alter those negative automatic thoughts into positive ones.