white flower Lesson #6: No to judging, Yes to improving.

You cannot second guess your audience.  People do not want what you think they want.

They do not even want what they think they want.

To create well, with fluency and ease, you have to let go of opinions — those of other people and also your own, which can be even more inhibiting.

This doesn’t mean that you think you know it all or that you don’t work to expand, develop and improve.

It means that judgement is just a tool you apply, rather than a pronouncement that defines your creation — and by extension, you.

You exercise your judgement in such a way that it leads you forward into positive, creative improvement.

So check your self-talk, the ticker tape that plays in your head, as you evaluate your creations.  If you overhear yourself people-pleasing or self-bashing, you’ll know you need to adjust your position.

Change it — just as you’d adjust the wavelength on the radio.  Be bigger than your evaluations.  Tinker with them until you find they are opening up creative possibilities instead of closing them down.

Until you’re looking foward to getting back at your creation, to making it better.

And how will you know you’re getting it right?

Simple.

It will feel good.

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