Cathy Maxwell’s Guide for Thriving in 2016

Be fearless. Don’t be afraid to test boundaries or to fail. Failure is how I’ve grown as a writer.  Success is great but it has never taught me anything.  On the other side, fear contracts. If I give in to fear and doubts, I will limit myself. I’ll begin creating boundaries. I’ll become my own worst enemy.
Ways I fight fear.

–  I ask myself if I’m doing exactly what I want in my life.

–  I look at how far I’ve come, and celebrate it.

–  I let loose . . . I start slinging words and ideas.

Ideas for creativity become key to my sanity.  A good reference for me is In Art and Fear: Observations on the perils (and rewards) of art-making by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

Remember there is a next step and get on with it. Don’t let anything–an idea, a manuscript, a task—linger too long.  Discover the power of saying yes.

Honor the flow of your writing and the flow of your life. Ignore the “should” sayers.  Do what is right for you.

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