The Secret to Mastering Discomfort According to Stanford Existential Psychiatrist and Artist, Nancy Hillis

Posted on: Dec 14, 2020

There’s a creative genius within us all—but how do we wake it up? 

And how do we get started when the process feels incredibly uncomfortable? 

There’s a never-ending list of blocks that stand in the way between us and our purpose, like self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of success, procrastination, perfectionism…the list goes on!

So I decided to invite Nancy Hillis, a Stanford-educated existential psychiatrist and artist on the She Made It podcast to share her insights on how we can all master discomfort and unbind our inner artist.

She began her journey as a lover of the arts but then chose a career in the medical field before being called back to art. Now, with her unique blend of a background in psychiatry and art, she helps people believe overcome self-doubt, nourish their creativity, create with joy and make art they love through her process The Artist’s Journey.  

As our conversation progressed (it was one of the most stimulating and inspiring conversations I’ve had in a while) Nancy and I uncovered that so much of what can help us step out of our comfort zone and into creativity will help us step into our most authentic life, too. 

Listen to this episode to hear: 

  • The biggest barrier most of us face when it comes to creativity
  • Wisdom for overcoming self-doubt (this isn’t what you think!)
  • Nancy’s key process for gaining discipline
  • What a “success disaster” is and how it can hold us back
  • The “adjacent possible” and its miraculous role in our creative process

Whether you’re an artist or not, I know her insights will inspire you! Find this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or YouTube.