Yesterday I saw it for the first time.
The first draft of the short film we shot some weeks ago.
I held my breath as I watched.
My inner critic was also waiting on standby to give her two cents.
As far as I can remember, my inner critic has always been there. She doesn’t like to let me celebrate accomplishments at all. She wants to critique and start making improvements immediately. She doesn’t want me to live in the now and is always forecasting and looking forward to the next thing. That’s only a bad thing if you never stop to enjoy right here and right now.
When she started up yesterday as I watched the draft, we had already sent the videographer an email asking how to make the next one better.
After a series of back-and-forth emails I stopped myself.
I told my inner critique to have a seat.
I was going to enjoy this moment.
I took a huge step to put something out there and it came out good—thanks to some pretty awesome people.
I’m choosing to exhale and enjoy the moment. One of those creative ideas from the shower actually manifested and that’s something to be proud of.
Celebrating is a way of giving thanks and if I am anything, I am grateful.
There will be plenty of time for debriefing and creating strategy for the next project.
In the meantime, I’m going to celebrate now!
Go Team #PutItOutThere!
Lisa N. Alexander is the author and founder of This Woman Knows and What Million-Dollar Brands Know. She is an award-winning filmmaker, director, producer, and writer and is the owner of PrettyWork Creative.