Are you an artist suffering from Guru-itis?


Written by: Angie Noll Do you find yourself signing up for yet another free webinar or summit, registering for one course after another? Are your friends calling you a “workshop junkie” while you spend more time chasing after expert advice than you do actually implementing anything you’ve learnt thus far?

Do you see other artists with online businesses, including a mailing list as long as your arm and feel how your shoulders slump at the sheer enormity of building a list that size when your own seems to be stagnant and rather small?

Have you signed up for one scheme after another, all of which promise to sell you the secret to success without any talent, knowledge, connections or know-how needed on your part, only to find that it’s yet another empty promise, a get-rich-quick scheme (or the equivalent of that)?

If this is you, then don’t fret. You’re not alone. And you’re not a loser just because you fell for big promises and didn’t see any big results.

You’re simply suffering from Guru-itis.

What is Guru-itis?

Guru-itis is what I’ve come to call the state that we all sometimes find ourselves in, especially when we find ourselves at a juncture in our lives, unsure of how to proceed. Instead of turning inwards first, and allowing Life to show us the way, we turn outwards and chase one expert after another, only to find ourselves back at square 1 - still not knowing what to do, but knowing a whole lot more about what not to do.

Instead of turning inwards first, and allowing Life to show us the way, we turn outwards and chase one expert after another, only to find ourselves back at square 1 - still not knowing what to do, but knowing a whole lot more about what not to do.

Artist turning their passion into an online business are especially susceptible to Guru-itis because we're artists, first and foremost, and mostly just want to do our art and not worry about the business side of it.

How is Guru-itis contracted?

You’re at your most vulnerable to this condition when you’re feeling confused or when you’re new at something – say at taking your creative passion online, list building, writing a book - just about anything really. There's a guru ready to sell you the secrets to anything.

It’s during these times that we forget, in our desperation, to turn inwards first and find answers or guidance there, before turning outwards to the relevant experts that will show us the way – if it’s still needed at all.

Other factors that predispose you to contracting Guru-itis includes:

  • Impatience to achieve a goal
  • Lack of time
  • Stress and feeling generally like your plate is already too full
  • Feeling inadequate in this particular area of your life

Combine these predisposing factors and you have fertile soil for Guru-itis to take hold. 

The symptoms of Guru-itis

Becoming aware of the symptoms of guru-itis is the first step to healing yourself from this widespread disorder. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Constant irritation
  • General anxiety
  • An inability to focus on one thing at a time
  • Suffering from a lack of concentration
  • Feeling lightheaded with the sensation of being pulled in a hundred different directions at the same time
  • Feeling teary or emotionally unstable for no particular reason
  • Loss of inner peace
  • Inability to connect with your intuition
  • It is common for those suffering from Guru-itis to also have an underlying case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing out)

The remedy for Guru-itis

A prescription of Intuition, in the strongest dose available, taken once daily on an empty stomach (more often if needed) is the only remedy that has been proven to be effective in combatting Guru-itis.

Cultivating a good, strong, reliable gut-feel is all you need to guide you to exactly whatever it is that you need, to cut through all the bull, gravitate toward the people that will be truly of help on your path right now and leave everything else behind.

Here’s your prescription:

The next time you sit down at your computer, ready to tackle the online world when all you really want to do is disappear into your creative studio,  and you’re faced with a barrage of emails, adverts and invitations to attend free webinars and summits promising you everything under the sun just:

  • Stop for a few seconds.
  • Breathe
  • Put your hand on your heart and ask yourself, “Is this what I really need right now?”
  • And if the answer is yes, go for it! And if not, give yourself permission to ignore that email or advert and not fret about it. It’s not for you.

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