One of my coaching mentors used to say that she couldn't separate business coaching from personal coaching. “It's all personal,” she would say.
If you read enough business motivation, you will come across attempts to help coach you through rejection and criticism with some form of the following.
“You are not your business.”
“You are not what you do.”
“You are not your work.”
This sounds like it would be helpful to remember, but is it possible? Artists tell me all of the time how hard it is to market their work because it's so personal.
Is it possible to separate yourself emotionally from your art? If so, does something have to happen to get to this point?
Which of the following is truer?
- You are not your work.
- Your work is not you.