It’s so easy to doubt our own ability to create something awesome that will resonate with people. Especially with the unlimited access we have to the creative works of so many artists and storytellers.
Whether you’ve been working on your art for 6 months or 6 years you’ve probably had that looming sense of self-doubt creep into your creative process. It tells you that you’re not good enough or you’ll never be as good as any of your favorites. But that’s okay. Really, you don’t need to be as good as them. You need to be better than yourself yesterday. In the past, I've beat myself up for feeling like I should have more finished projects by now but that kind of thinking didn't get me anywhere and won't get you anywhere.
Throughout my creative journey, I've learned a handful of tips to help fight that self-doubt but the biggest thing that I often remind myself of is you have to change your whole outlook on life. You have to renew your mind and your heart. When you wrap your head around that idea all the helpful tips will be even more useful.
Renew Your Mindset
What exactly does that mean? Renewing your mind is changing your mindset. Dropping the negative selfish, defeatist attitude and focusing on how you can help others with your gifts. As for your heart, that’s getting to the root of your passion and understanding your unique purpose.
That sounds great, right? Like most things in life, there is no instant cure, you will have to work at it daily. This is where the handful of tips comes in handy.
Surround yourself with people who have goals and will hold you accountable to the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Reduce and limit your time with people stuck in negativity.
Be honest with yourself, discover what you're really passionate and how it can provide value to others.
Set your goals and make actionable steps towards accomplishing those goals every day.
Don’t be precious about your art. Stephen King said it best, “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings”.
Last but not least, fall in love with the process. When you learn to find joy in the process it will help you through the highs and lows of your artistic journey.
If that creeping sense of self-doubt has been holding you back from finishing your projects and becoming a better artist or person, in general, I hope you make the choice to renew your mindset and start taking steps towards becoming the person you want to be.
How do you cope with your artistic struggles? I’d love to have a conversation in the comments below.