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Tuesday’s Business-Diminish the Fear


Well isn’t this just ducky.  We had a potential melt down in the financial markets almost two weeks ago, then a marathon session to create a bail-out or rescue plan.  And what happened?  The plan failed in the House.

Certainly this is something that is of concern to anybody whether you own a business or not.  I did let out an audible gasp when I saw the headline on the failed bill.

But isn’t it ironic how in a moment of fear, the universe can show you that fear can be overcome…or at least put into perspective.

In my last Tuesday’s Business post, I discussed fear; the internal fear that keeps us from moving forward. I mentioned that YTD sales are down and that I am not participating in the fall Paradise City Arts Festival.  Certainly that is enough to make me feel a little depressed and fearful.  And yes, I did gasp when I read the headlines online.

But I also felt a sense of calm and here is why.

In the midst of all this craziness, I read a post by Christine Kane on how to stop the recession in its tracks.  In her post Christine reminds us that we can consciously choose to participate in the bad news or not.  In other words, we can get wrapped up in the drama or we can take a deep breath and not fixate on it.

Okay, I get that.  So I limit my reading of online news coverage and watch any news programs with a neutral attitude.  I call it information gathering.  And then I keep doing what I’ve been doing in the studio.

I remembered a comment SARK made on a recent Craftcast interview with Alison Lee.  She reminded us that we cannot deny our emotions.  Because when we work through our emotions, a shift can happen on the other side.

Okay, I’ll let myself feel scared for a while, understanding that in the big picture there isn’t much I can do.  What I can do, however, is think about what I can do to move my business along.

I was moved by recommendations of Molly Gordon whose presentation I just listened to on the SmARTist Telesummit.  Molly’s presentation was on the money dramas we find ourselves involved in and how to work through these situations to get back to the present.  The basis of Molly’s recommendations come from Byron Katie’s “The Work.”

The Work consists of identifying a stressful thought, asking four questions and turning the thought around.  The four questions are:

  • Is it true?
  • Can you absolutely know it is true?
  • How do you react when you think that thought?
  • Who would you be without that thought?

The turnarounds are reversals or opposite answers of the one you gave to the original thought.  For more information on Byron Katie’s The Work, visit The Work.

Ironically, the example provided in Molly’s presentation on how to apply The Work dealt with how businesses fare in a recession.  The stressful thought was “it is going to be harder to make a living.”  I’m going to take this same thought and apply it to my own situation and Byron Katie’s four questions.

Finally, I had a motivating conversation with Dayle Doroshow.  We were talking about how these slow periods are a great time to experiment, to work in a different medium, or to create work in a format other than what we typically create (jewelry, sculpture, miniatures, large format.)  You never know what ideas may emerge during this period of experimenting.

And what has happened during these two weeks while working through the fear?  Two small local art show opportunities have been presented to me and I received a significant wholesale order.  For each one I am grateful.

I hope some of the ideas and recommendations I’ve shared will help you diminish any fear you may be feeling during these fragile times.  I expect that I/we will still have fears, but not ones that will stop me/us.

4 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Business-Diminish the Fear

  1. Thanks Amy for the post. We all need these reminders to keep us grounded.

    Moving forward as artists, during all this craziness, is exactly what I will be talking about with Dayle Doroshow in the next Craftcast MasterClass.

    During a challenging time, I like to make the visual analogy of “walking through the ring of fire.” We have all seen this demonstration done by various performers, whether flying through on motorcycle, or leaping through while standing on the back of a galloping horse.
    To the outsider this challenge elicits an audible gasp, alert to the danger, with fear taking over the emotions.

    The performer focuses on the place where there is NO fire, removing the danger and fear in their being, seeing clearly the way to the other side.

    For me, that analogy helps when a “ring of fire” appears before me. It gives me a way to focus on what really needs to be done while quieting the “fear and panic” response.

  2. Even though it seems counter intuitive, any large scale meltdown, whether manipulated or not, is the perfect time for us as individuals to reassess our priorities, center in our hearts, and look around for what it is we really want to be doing, don’t you think?

  3. Amy,
    Thank you for this post which was so well put. I have recently purchased Byron Katie’s book and look forward to learning what really is the truth for me. I think in these crazy times the more I can stay with myself I know that all is well…I have everything I need at the moment. There might be a time that I don’t, but I trust the universe will step in and provide. So, on with life and truth as I know it!

  4. Alison, that is a great analogy. Thanks for sharing it. And thank you for all the work you put into Craftcast.

    Ariane, yes, I agree.

    Susan, thank you for the inspiration.


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