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Posted June 1, 2011
Posted March 22, 2011
Twenty-four lessons for managing your feelings of anxiety. The subtitle suggests that artists of all kinds tap into these chapters, "24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians and Actors.." I believe these techniques would help any procrastinator out there. Have you ever started a project only to run out of enthusiasm? I know I have. I started painting a small apartment in the end of December and admit that I still have finishing touches to add and it's mid-March. Even as recently as a few days ago I was painting. I have one more color to touch-up and then I can officially say the project is complete. I believe that this book helped me put the excuses aside and change my attitude from project as chore to project as gift to myself. Two of the 24 lessons particularly appealed to me. Chapter 14, The Anxiety of Failing, provides new visualization techniques. I loved the suggestion to visualize yourself in the presence of someone who is calming for you such as a loved one, a deceased one, a close friend, etc. Usually these techniques center on placing yourself in a safe environment or stepping your mind through the process visualizing a successful ending. Chapter 21, The Anxiety of Procrastination, says, "Anxiety causes procrastination, and procrastination produces more anxiety. Get out of this vicious cycle by recognizing how much anxiety is at play." That's what I needed to hear. I felt like I was avoiding anxiety by pushing off my painting needs and yet what I was actually doing was making the feeling grow. Once I realized that, it was a matter of time before that color line between ceiling and wall became straighter. It was a great gift to give myself to wake up the day after painting and say, "Wow, that wall looks great." Rather than saying, "I've really got to fix that awful bleed-over. It looks so bad." By focusing on the negative, my energy fled from painting over to anything else I could find to do that day. And, it was easy to go on and on finding an ever-growing list of other chores less taxing. When I shifted focus to relieving my anxiety, I woke up one morning, changed into my paint clothes and got to work. I did not like the format of the book, however. Each chapter contains a parable. A little fictional story demonstrates the chapter principle. I just skipped them and got to the point. I felt like they were used more as filler and adding fiction to a non-fiction work didn't appeal to me. So maybe I missed out on an insightful bit but really, I feel much relieved because my project is now complete and that anxiety is gone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2011
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