Community: Importance of Connecting

Community: Importance of Connecting

Sometimes when we work on a project or pursue our passion, we must walk into uncharted territory mentally, emotionally, or with respect to our skills. It can be a daunting, or even scary, prospect. Some people happily plunge into the unknown. They have an adventurous spirit. We look at them in awe, especially when they succeed. We wish we could be like that….Well, you can. Create your very own Yowling Creator community of support. Creating a community of support can help deflect discouragement, provide a reality check, and keeps us from feeling like a failure. Here’s why…

Community Keeps Us Encouraged

The creation process can be a lonely place. You may feel no one understands you, your project, or where it’s going. This solitude is fine, even fuels us, when we feel good about our project. But when we feel frustrated or overwhelmed, we need someone to hear our yowling. We need to know we’re not alone. Knowing that someone understands can be the drop of water that breaks the dam of discouragement.

Community Keeps Us from Feeling Like a Failure

If we don’t break through the dam of discouragement, we risk of the river of failure. Here is where we drown our creations before their first breath of life:

“I can’t…”

“What’s the point…?”

“No one cares…”

These are just some of the thoughts that can attack you as a Yowling Creator, even with your best ideas–especially with your best ideas. A yowling community of like-minded creators can help us win the battle against these thoughts and keep us from quitting. This is because a Yowling Creator community understands the basic creation process and cheers us on with the truth:

“You can…”

“There’s a BIG POINT…”

“We care…”

Community Brings Perspective

Beyond cheering you on, your specially selected Yowling Creator community can see things you can’t. While we’re wading through the details, community often keeps an eye on our progress and the big picture. Community reminds us of our effect on others. Jodie Tey–a pastor at CrossWinds Church in Dublin, California, and one of my Yowling Creator clients–puts it this way: “The saying goes, ‘You can’t see the forest through the trees.’ This was true of me.” She says our Yowling Creator consultation, her bite-size experience of community, “brought the forest into view.”

Do you have a Yowling Creator community that you connect with during your creation process? If so, how has it helped?

11 Responses to “Community: Importance of Connecting”

  1. Luis Alvarado says:

    I love to write children’s stories and most of the times children encourage me to write some stories. I like to pay attention to any action and situation involved with children. I believe that they are very creative and fun.

    • Lisa Marie says:

      Thanks for sharing, Luis. It sounds like your community of children inspires you to create. Sometimes our Yowling Creators community comes in the most unlikely of places.

    • Roxy says:

      There’s nothing like the relief of finding what you’re looking for.

  2. Lizzie Toscano says:

    Everyday my experience at work is unknown, even though I have the same job to develop.
    It helps me to connect to a variety of communities such as people on the street, children at home, situations that happen at the market , or simply going on a walk.
    Since I started creating I am always thinking of any of the ideas I got during the day that can be used on one of the creations that I am working on.
    This connection has helped me to bring something from nothingness, to believe in myself, to explore what I couldn’t see before, and much more.

  3. Daveigh says:

    Action requires knowledge, and now I can act!

  4. Elena Medina says:

    I have been working with kids for a long time. I believe that they are one of the best communities where we can learn and be enriched by their sincere attitudes, which I can use to create. They are in a constant motion. They are changing all the time, they are exploring the world and developing their skills. Because we are in the process of creating, we need to identify things and people that inspire you to create.

    • Lisa Marie says:

      Yes, I agree that identifying that which inspires us is important. Kids are in constant motion! It’s very interesting to me that this is where you receive your creative encouragement…just like Luis above.

  5. German Tapia says:

    I agree that children can serve as the best inspiration in the process of creation because they are innocent, pure, and lovely. Most importantly they are honest and open in sharing their hearts with you.

  6. Megan O'Shea says:

    At my home church I had a very supportive “Yowling Creator Community”. In that community we were able to bounce ideas off each other, and turn it into a reality. There was always someone there to help you dream something bigger than what you imagined. With a bunch of people behind you ready to help you achieve that dream.

  7. Lupita Loeza says:

    I have my classmates in English class. Actually they have been a great help to improve my writing. I agree with the article that we need someone to help us and motivate us in our process of Yowling Creator Way. Also I agree above all the discouragement of: “I can not,” “what is the point,” “no one cares.” But it is wonderful when I arrive with my colleagues and share my creative writing. They are the best help of motivation.

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