The uncertainty of creating without a guarantee that others will deem it valuable.
Someone asked me this question recently. A bit later the same person asked my opinion about the percentage of responsibility we carry for our feelings.
I'd like to offer an illustration that tie these two questions together and provide and answer.
I recently had the honor of sharing wellbeing exercises and theories as part of a team-building retreat for The Maccabee Group. They wanted an introduction to mindfulness, positivity, emotional intelligence, and strategies for support, encouragement, and energy during periods of high demand. They also requested basic stretching and postural activities for physical wellbeing.
I eagerly dove into this challenge and created an interactive presentation; incorporating dynamic, playful activities while keeping the client's needs in mind.
There was no guarantee that my creation would resonate with everyone though that thought never entered my mind during its design. My driving force was my passion and curiosity for possibility and growth.
The experience was amazing, the people were delightful! There were many moments of laughter, insight, and creativity. The participants engaged and were curious about each other as they explored new ways to use their strengths. It was incredible to see their focus as they considered questions and used Silly Putty to find answers.
I left feeling energized and excited. I felt successful because I created a new way of connecting with people and through that, modeled how they can do the same. I felt successful because I have the courage to design something new.
Uncertainty is part of the package when you're creating for others. Embracing uncertainty releases the hold others have on our self-confidence and allows us to define success for ourselves. And, if we welcome uncertainty, our successes and the emotions that follow are within OUR control.
The alternative is putting our self-esteem and creativity at risk by allowing others to define our victories.
How do you handle uncertainty?
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