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“Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” – Tony Gaskins


Trust is a critical part of creativity. Artists must trust themselves, the creative process, the journey and other artists. For this week, I’d like to reflect and collect our thoughts on our level of trust with these aspects of our creative selves.

My Answer:

I think once I figured out what my process was I had an easy time trusting it. But it took me some time to figure that out. It has evolved and become more refined over time. In the beginning, when I didn’t know what any process should or could look like I had to trust other artists to give me guidance and suggestions… I had to trust them to share their experiences. And now, with my experiences I can do the same for others and continually learn to trust myself.

Thoughts and Actions:

With an abundance of trust, your potential for creative growth is endless.

Trust is multi-faceted for artists. Artists must have a deep sense of trust in themselves. They also must trust the creative process and the journey. And ultimately, it’s important to trust fellow artists, art lovers, and community members. Trust and creativity go hand in hand.

Trust in Self

Self-assurance is crucial in the process of developing self trust, as the process can be vulnerable. Positive affirmations or  empowering self-talk can be helpful, or any other way we can exercise the power of positive thinking. It’s natural to have doubts and fears, so its worth having some good tools to build and maintain trust in yourself so you can work through the challenging times and maintain the creative flow.

Trust the Process

I have always thought that the best (and most authentic) work comes from the process.

Artists must find trust in the process of creating work, not just the end product. The destination can seem SO exciting, and it’s easy to feel discouraged when you feel like you aren’t as far along as you’d like to be at any given time. This is where that trust comes in—you have to trust that you are where you’re supposed to be at this point in time. There is freedom in trust. Trust in the process allows you to stay in the moment and be open to impulses, ideas, and emotions.

Trust Others

Trusting others can be immensely rewarding… from allowing others in to our process we stand to gain inspiration, new viewpoints, feedback, support and guidance. Collaboration and interaction is a critical need of the artist, just think about how stifled we all felt during covid, when we couldn’t work WITH people freely.

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