Fraud. Merriam Webster dictionary defines fraud as a : a person who is not what he or she pretends to be : impostor; also : one who defrauds : cheat or b : one that is not what it seems or is represented to be. The word has such negative connotations that most of us wouldn’t dream of being one. The idea of being fake, putting one over on others or being deceptive is repulsive.
Yet when it comes to being our authentic, creative selves that is often what we think or fear we are. Our souls burn for us to write the stories that can only be penned by our own hand, to create what only our unique way of seeing can create and for us to give voice to what only we are able to sing. So what holds us back from changing passion to action?
Often, we feel as though we don’t have what it takes.
- We haven’t spent years and hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars on classes and degrees.
- We don’t have credentials to be a “REAL” artist so how dare we think we can sparkle and share anything of value?
- We listen to the voice that tells us that saying “I AM” is merely an avenue for someone to discover what we DON’T know and reveal us as a fraud.
- We don’t have a large portfolio of work, so we “aren’t there yet” and haven’t earned the right to call ourselves creative, an artist or anything else that our souls call us to be.
Want to know something very powerful? You don’t need no stinking pedigree to be real! You are real because you live, dream, breathe and exist. You don’t need anyone else’s permission to shine.
The biggest truth? No one is “smarter” than anyone else, we only know different things :~) Remember that every expert was a beginner at one point in time and likely felt exactly what you are feeling. Brave hearts move and doubt their doubt. Brave hearts move out of the groove that threatens to keep them paralyzed and comfortable. Brave hearts learn that by climbing out of the box one leg at a time that the universe holds blessings and they will be richly rewarded.
Being a brave heart is choice, not chance. It is a conscious act to heed the calling and be who we are. The most powerful thing we can say is I AM. Say it, do it and be it. The universe needs what only you can provide.