YOU BELIEVE IT, YOU CREATE IT



Since I was a child I have felt a great fascination for the literary world, I remember my first book, none other than The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and very quickly I traveled through countless stories where the letters came to life under different faces. Thanks to the power of written words I enjoyed the imagination of Miguel de Cervantes, Victor Hugo or Robert Louis Stevenson.  I was also surprised by the fact that these works managed to break the barriers of time, culture and distance to reach the heart of a little Colombian girl who took refuge in libraries to dream with her eyes wide open.  All these authors that I have had the privilege of reading have one thing in common: They trusted what they wrote.  Then, a question comes to my mind, how much do we believe in our abilities?

For example, if you think you make delicious desserts, have you allowed others to enjoy your sweet creations? Or have you simply not done so because you are afraid they will say you are not such a good pastry chef after all? I know that you and I have felt a kind of "hunch" about that talent that could be refined and make a difference to us as individuals, yet when we are right there, discovering what our skills and abilities are, a little voice comes up and whispers to us: "Forget it, you're not as talented as you think," "You lack creativity," "You better not try so you won't be disappointed. And we are so naive that we allow "that judgmental inner voice" to form limiting beliefs about our talent. I suppose William Blake, Federico García Lorca or Pablo Neruda also had similar thoughts at some point, but they decided to turn down that mental noise and let themselves be guided by that instinct that loved the magic of their verses.

Take the risk to feel that creative spirit, the one that begs you to come out of the trunk of self-criticism.  Don't wait until you have enough knowledge, you can start today and polish up tomorrow.  Remember, learning is daily, so prepare your heart for excellence, not perfection... the love story with your dream-creating nature can be written right away.  Now, this requires getting out of the web of useless habits you have woven for so long.  In the book What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, author David DiSalvo tells us "that according to research in the field of psychology, when it comes to developing a healthy habit, it probably takes at least eighty days to become automatic."  Which I think is extremely funny, because think about it...it's like traveling through our inner world in eighty days, and at the end of the adventure, we will have the ability to change the meaning of those beliefs that keep our foot tied to the brake. 

Believing is the first step to creating! Let yourself fall in love with your talent, fall into the warm arms of self-efficacy (faith that you can achieve your goals), and walk away from the painful comparison.  It's true that you are neither Claude Monet, nor Adriano Zumbo, nor Mary Shelley, nor Barbara Corcoran. And that's just the way it has to be! You are a person with the extraordinary opportunity to fill your life with self-confidence, courage, perseverance and passion; capable of unleashing your creativity in such a way that you can interpret the flow of life from a very unique perspective. As Picasso said: "Others have seen what it is, and they asked why. I have seen what it could be, and I asked why not." 

ÁNGELA LÓPEZ, Author.

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