I’m sure you have all heard the saying “You are your own worst enemy?” Well, it’s true, and I am no exception. Maybe when it comes to artwork, or creating things in general, there’s an annoying little voice in the back of your head saying, “What if I’m not good enough?” “What if no one likes my work?” and worst of all, “Why even bother?” Well, here’s what you can do – tell it to shut it’s piehole and do what you want anyway! And here’s some tips and pointers on things to keep in mind to help you do just that!
- First of all, a lot of people have more failures than successes, whether they are professionals or not. Maybe especially if they are “pros!” The fact of the matter is, you’re going to fail at some point. There’s no point in denying it. And as frustrating as it is to spend time to work on a piece and then feel it’s not up to your standards, nothing is technically a failure. Use failure as a learning experience. If there’s something about your work that you find lacking, build on your weaknesses. You won’t know what those weaknesses are, until you have tried and failed and tried again. The rungs on the ladder of success are made of failures. Use them to your advantage.
- If you are worried about other people’s opinions of your work, make sure first and foremost, what you are making is for yourself. If you have a passion and a drive, the passion will override that annoying voice every time. What matters most is you have something you made and are proud of. There’s no obligation to share your work with the world, but if you make something you are truly proud of, you will probably want to share. DO, however, be willing to listen to constructive criticism! Most of the time, those offering constructive criticism genuinely wish to help, and having an outside perspective can be a valuable tool. If you do happen to come across someone being hurtful, remember, everyone has an opinion and a right to it, but opinions aren’t facts. Don’t let them get you down.
- Lastly, “Why even bother?” that voice is saying. At this point, you may be feeling pretty down on yourself. You’ve tried and failed and just aren’t satisfied. Well, this touches back on Number 1. It’s better to try and fail than to never have tried at all. If whatever you are doing trying just isn’t for you, then it’s ok to quit, but, if it’s something you truly want to accomplish in life, don’t quit! Quitting is a recipe for regrets. Sometimes, it may feel like that ladder never ends. That is perfectly ok. Enjoy the journey. Take pride in every hurdle you manage to cross. Every rung on that ladder you climb will leave you a wiser, better person than you were before. And maybe, just maybe, the ladder doesn’t end. It may just be about the journey all along.
Everyone is going to have their bad days. Sometimes your confidence will be in the dumps and you will feel like there’s no point.These are days I am all too familiar with. I am not an expert. Every single day I am still learning and honing my skills. This list are just things I try to tell myself on those awful days where that part of my brain won’t quit beating me to a pulp. Hopefully this post will help you on your darker days, and help make it easier for your creativity to flow free. Until then, just keep climbing, and I will be right there on that ladder with you!