In October, a teacher told me that she couldn't using technology because 1) what if technology replaced her and 2) what if kids took pictures of her yelling with their ipad cameras. I loved her candor, but walked out of her classroom with my head spinning, wondering how I would ever help her unpack, not just the layers of fear she was vocal about...but all the others beneath it. What was she REALLY afraid of?
In her book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert says that, "Fear is always triggered by creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with."
How do we deal with the fear that is triggered by being asked to enter into change, transformation, or creativity? I usually just put on my Dr. Marten's and kick through the fear, kind of excited by the challenge - but that's the rebellious teenager in me that never quite left. I think that helping others through fear to get to creativity and change is all about the relationships we build with them. It's listening to their worries (even the small camera-based ones) and becoming a trusting friend. Then, and ONLY then, can we ask others to enter into that fear and try something new. The steps might be minute, but worth celebrating. Every single one. Those tiny moments of anti-fear add up quickly and you see a friend, in April, dealing with the fear, getting out those evil iPads without knowing EXACTLY what will happen, and even showing her colleagues some stuff she is maybe possibly thinking about trying out in her class. She is my #onecreativething for today. Pushing through her fear. Entering into the realms of uncertain outcome. GO GIRL!
How do YOU deal with the inevitable fear that comes from creativity? How do you keep from shutting down when something's new and uncertain?