Unslumping Yourself Is Not Easily Done

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One of the last books that Dr. Seuss wrote before he died was a little gem called, Oh The Places You’ll Go! It’s seriously one of my favorite books because it really sums up my heart behind The Artist’s Permission Slip.

 

There is so much quotable gold in this book, but my favorite line is this one.

“Unslumping yourself is not easily done.”

~Dr. Seuss

This is so true isn’t it? It is actually the battle that we all face at times. Golfers and baseball players lose their swings and basketball players lose their touch. Trainers and coaches get paid big money to help their players get out of slumps. Why? Because the players have shown that the potential, the power, and the talent is there, but there is something going on inside that is causing their performance to lag. The question is, “How do we keep a slump from turning into a lifetime or at least an unnecessarily long season?”

For the past few days, I have been finishing up a rough draft of a 21 day journey for creatives to help them out of a slump. I’ve been there and you probably have too. If you are not there right now, you probably know someone who is. So, I need your help.

I would love to hear your stories of how you have found yourself in a slump and how you went about unslumping yourself. You can share these stories with me on FB, Twitter, in the comments of this blog or by emailing aubrey@artistspermissionslip.com.

This would be a huge help to me as I work on finishing this book. Please don’t hesitate to share.

Thanks,

Aubrey

  1. Adam Allison

    Growing up I thought every church had great musicians, that came prepared, that knew their craft. I was fortunate that was the case at my home church and struggle in the area of musical excellence had been fought long before my time. I walked into my first ministry believing that it would be so easy for me. Boy, was I wrong. At 22, I had come out of a life of professional music into the realm of hobby church music. I was dealing with guys that were older and didn’t like outsiders. I can remember the nights of long rehearsals and frustrations. I can remember the days of being in my office dreading those nights and even asking “am I really called to this?” I quickly realized the problem wasn’t them, it was me. I was letting their preference and my appeasement stifle growth. I was in a place where I was lowering the bar instead of equipping the saints just to get through a Sunday. I called a great mentor in my life, he reminded me of the fact that when I wanted great bands early on I had to get out there and recruit them. He reminded me of all the time he spent investing in me and my musical endeavors. He made himself a mirror of what to “be.” I quickly saw the light and moved towards it. Focusing my efforts on recruiting and equipping. I watched God take what I had and multiply it and then multiply it again. I watched my frustration lead me to the strongest area of my ministry now, networking and community. Im so grateful for the place he allowed me to go to realize the depth of what he needed me to see. Sometimes your slump is God taking you into a valley so he can show you the next mountain to climb.

    July 19th, 2013 // Reply
    • Aubrey McGowan

      Adam, some great wisdom here! I agree that God often uses struggles to help us look in the mirror. Thank God for showing us mercy like this in the valley.

      July 23rd, 2013 // Reply
  2. Nyia

    I was in a slump my freshman year. I was bored of Frisco and the small minded people who surrounded me. It didn’t seem like I was going to make a friend who I could connect with. Then, my mom forced me to go to boarding school. In Frisco, it is unheard of especially for the parent to send their kid without asking of they wanted to go. To me, I don’t sense that the kids in school here want to stretch themselves and are eager to learn and be challenged. To be a global thinker instead of just America. My mom said she doesn’t listen to her kids when she knows when something will be good for them. She sent me because of the social skill problems that kept me in a slump for years because I was just sweet, quiet Nyia. Also because boarding schools in New England give the best/rigorous education. And to everyone (I know people who go for free because their parents can’t afford the schools), I would meet international students and have so many opportunities to grow and I definitely became independent. Having a roommate from Korea was so cool and it was nice to live next door to a girl from Serbia, China and Sudan. My Korean roommate made me laugh when people would ask her which Korea she’s from and she’d give them pathetic looks because clearly North Koreans can’t leave. But she opened my eyes to how naive my generation can be. NJ took me out of my slump more than Texas ever could. From Peddie, the boarding school, to then deciding to attend boarding school in Costa Rica where I was surrounded by kids so far from Jesus who just wanted to party constantly, God has strengthened me so much and I can snap myself out of a slump like that. It’s a beautiful thing.

    July 20th, 2013 // Reply
    • Aubrey McGowan

      Wow Nyia! What a great story! God has developed such maturity and perspective in you! I’m so proud fo the young woman you have become.

      July 23rd, 2013 // Reply

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Hello, my name is Aubrey McGowan and I am passionate about cultivating and inspiring love, imagination, and action in artists of all kinds. Call me an arsonist in the house of the resistance.

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