I started a bit of a personal campaign on my birthday this year. Mostly the goal has just been to live as the most authentic version of myself. I know that is a bit broad and vague, but it has been working for me.
I started by letting go of the Invisible Audience. This is something that I think most artists/creatives/musicians know well; a worry about the opinions of an imagined audience. For example, as an artist, it is easy to imagine the reactions of the audience as I create a work and if I am not careful I can let that guide my work in a way that makes me feel like I am not being true to myself. The problem with the Invisible Audience, is that it doesn't exist. There is really no way to know what any person or group of people are going to say/think/feel about a given work. So why create work for something completely imaginary?
The other thing about the Invisible Audience is that it allows a person to feel like they are more important than they actually are. Don't get me wrong, each of us is special and important, but not in an under the microscope kind of way. Perhaps we can blame it in celebrity culture, selfies, blogging, Instagram,who knows---but for some reason we all seem to think that what we see/eat/wear/do is super important to others. The reality is that most people don't care much and that is great!!!
So I have been working on blocking out those imagined voices and opinions of others. Obviously there are people (family and good friends) who have opinions that do matter to me, but these people are coming from a place of kindness and support. I know that they want me to succeed and be happy in my life, just as I want the same for them.
So that only leaves one voice in my Invisible Audience, and really it has always been one voice---my own. Realizing that all of the positives and negatives bumping around in my brain are my own invention has been quite liberating. I have been working to only speak to myself with kindness. Also, to not think about myself so much. I have just been focusing on doing and being, less analyzing.