Something really interesting happened when I put my first piece of art for sale on Etsy. It felt really really uncomfortable and something in my mind didn’t like it one bit!
Not because it wasn’t what I wanted to do, but because it was new and unchartered territory. It’s the first time that I seriously put the message out into the world that I’m an artist, and I sell art.
That night, after listing my first offering for sale, I didn’t sleep all that well and my mind felt really stretched and like it was changing and aching a bit. I’ve never experienced mental discomfort like it!
I decided to ask one of my Facebook groups if they have ever experienced this kind of thing when they’re pushing themselves to a new comfort level. The answer was a resounding yes!
Challenging yourself creates new thought processes and is like reprogramming your mind. Literally. From your old ways of doing things to new ways of thinking. It feels uncomfortable and often scary.
I knew I had to sit with this discomfort and let it ride out. The feelings did pass and it just goes to show that if you are feeling uncomfortable about doing something a bit different then you have to just do it, and you will adjust!
My initial first offering was a big leap for me and I’ve aspired to offer art for sale for a long time. I’m now one step closer to my dreams and it now feels great!
I had to call this blog post levelling up because if you’ve ever played online role playing games (I have in the past, I’m a little bit of a geek at times ahem), it means when your character gets more experience or points, you move up a level in the game, so ‘level up.’
What challenge are you working on right now? What makes you feel uncomfortable and how can you level up?! Share it!