Wouldn't it be nice if you could just wake up one day and magically feel confident? That would be amazing, right!?
What if I told you that confidence shouldn’t be your goal?
So, let’s dive in.
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Today we’re going to discuss how you can go from courage to confidence with your kids crafting club.
When we started teaching arts and crafts to kids we were terrified. We were NOT confident.
Now what do people do when they are interested in a topic?
We google it!
And If you google arts and crafts studio the most beautiful pictures pop up of these gorgeous spaces with smiley kids, super engaged and having a ball!
Ugh, talk about a confidence plummet!
If you’re listening to this you probably have a dream of starting or growing your creative kids club.
But maybe just maybe you feel a bit like I did when I started out.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could just wake up one day and magically feel confident?
We wish, right!?
What if I told you that confidence shouldn’t be your goal?
Your goal should be a little thing called courage.
I read this somewhere the other day and it stuck to me:
Courage comes before confidence, because to be 100% honest with you, total confidence in your own abilities before you get started with any new venture is a fairy tale.
I’ve said this before but we can really learn from kids. Many of us work with kids on a daily basis in our crafting classes, observe and see how they approach life. I want you to embrace the courageous mindset that kids have.
They just GO FOR IT, if they fall, they cry a little bit and get back up and then they try again, they experiment and when they fail, then it’s not a big deal.
Remember that running your own kids crafting club is fun, experiment and if you fall, remember that it is okay and normal and get back up, learn from it and try again.
Success is in having the courage to try and to take action more than in the actual end result.
It is all about having the courage and being brave to make the decision to not let it stop you.
In today’s episode we’re going to share - tips for boosting your courage to start that thing you’ve been wanting and dreaming of starting:
You can’t just wish confidence into existence. That’s just not how it works unfortunately.
Confidence comes from trying something you’re scared to do and realising: ‘ahh that wasn't so bad’ now you have the confidence to try it again - THAT’s how we gain confidence.
Think back to when you dropped your kids off at preschool the first day. Were they scared? Did they cry a little? Probably, it must have been so scary, they’ve never been to school before, they didn’t know what to expect.
But then after a couple of days, they didn’t cry anymore, because they did it, realised it was okay and then they got confidence to do it again.. And after a few weeks? They probably forgot to give you a kiss as they just ran to their friends.
Confidence is on the other side of doing things that are scary to you.
When you’re thinking about starting your kids crafting club, perhaps that first scary step is to name your club or phone a possible venue, or maybe just to admit to yourself and your family out loud that you have a dream.
Theodore Roosevelt said: “Comparison is the thief of joy” and I think that comparison is also the thief of courage.
The biggest problem with comparing your success with someone else’s is that you never know what chapter of their life you are comparing yourself with.
Some smart person once said: Don't compare your chapter 1 with someone else's chapter 20.
We’re all on our own unique journeys, so don’t worry about comparing where you’re at with someone else, because your A to B might be their Y to Z.
It’s sooo easy especially with social media and the interwebs these days to crush your own dreams by comparing yourself to someone else who’s been at it for sooo much longer than you. This is just not fair to yourself.
What are you searching and yearning for? Perhaps it’s wanting to be more creative, or to earn extra money for your family doing something you love, perhaps you yearn to be part of a community or you want to make an impact in kids lives or perhaps you are looking for something to give you a new purpose in life.
Try to think of the thing that’s greater than the fear of not doing the thing you want to do.
For example: if you’ve been meaning to start a creative business and you don’t do something about it: what will you be losing out on:
Thinking of the things I am scared of in this way always puts things in perspective for me and it pushes me to action.
And this is how we gain momentum, by taking action through fear.
Failure will happen, failure is part of life, think of the example I used earlier, kids fail all the time, no one starts walking without falling first. Let me tell you one thing, having fears and self doubt is normal and you are not alone! A number of unhealthy mindsets have plagued my crafting club life, and anxiety and fear have crippled me at times.
We did a 2 part series on fear that you can access by clicking on the links below:
The key is to not let those fears stop you from following your passion and dreams, from living, from spreading creativity to the world and doing the work that you were destined to do.
We might never be 100% confident in ourselves and our abilities when we do something new that we really want for the first time, the important thing is to get into action, get in the game, figure out what it really is that you want to get confident about and then go for it!
So there you have it!
Courage comes before confidence, and it’s having the courage to TRY that really matters.
Now, I’d love to hear from you.
Tell me in the comments below.
Until next time, cheers!
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