Many people have an idea, art, or something of importance they want to release to the world—a film script, a community design, a personal creation, and any of an endless list of endeavors.
The problem is that oftentimes the creator is scared to death of how it will be received:
- “Will people think it’s stupid?”
- “Will it be ignored?”
- “Will I be made fun of?”
If we’re not able to overcome these fears, the contribution that is important to us will never be seen or heard and will never have the opportunity to make an impact on someone else’s life. That is tragic!
Recently my two band members and I released our first EP on Spotify.
I learned a number of lessons in the process:
- It happened because it was something important to the core of who we are—an expression of our true identity (the subject of a chapter in my forthcoming book!).
- It can’t be done alone! It took the initiative of Amy, our singer-songwriter, to push forward the process that the rest of us wouldn’t have done.
- It took effort. Performing is fun, but all-day recording sessions—and the months of practice leading up to them—are exacting and tiring.
- Exposing our music to the world felt vulnerable. What if no one cared? What if it was rejected or compared to something else they liked better?
- Putting it out there was exciting! Exhilarating, in fact! Deep down everyone wants to be seen and heard, especially about stuff that is important to them.
- It takes risk to allow what we create to be appreciated and applauded.
- Doing it the first time creates confidence to do it again!
- I’m scared and excited about experiencing the same thing with the release of my upcoming book.
The responses I received were wonderful:
- “Wow, amazing!!!!!!!”
- “Just tuned in. Beautiful”
- “I believe what you are doing is so Holy Spirit led”
- “It sounded super professional and well done”
I was especially delighted by the interest and excitement of the ladies playing it at my daughter’s yoga class!
These responses made all the risks worthwhile. And I realized that our music made a bigger impact than I expected.
I know doing something like this feels scary and daunting. But it’s worth it to get your unique contribution “out there”—both for yourself and for others.
What’s the important, creative work you want to offer the world?