“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” Rumi
One of the most important thing we must do as artists is to overcome the feelings we have of self-doubt. They keep us from doing our best art and keep us from doing what it is we really want our art to be about.
I have been writing about creating from our hearts, finding that special thing that makes us want to create, and the message we want to communicate to our viewers through our creative process. In order to do this we need to trust ourselves. We need to believe that our message is going to be as important to a viewer as it is to us; that what we want to create, has meaning.
Self doubt is a difficult thing to deal with. But, when we doubt our ability and our ideas, we become paralyzed. Self-doubt makes us question the rationality behind our ideas and prevents us from being bold enough to show our most creative visions. At its worst, it makes us totally unable to see a way forward in tricky situations. This may be just one more reason for lack of motivation.
A little self-doubt is healthy and normal. After all, we have all had moments where we have questioned whether we are doing the right thing. But when self-doubt and “negative self-talk” becomes a habit, it can prevent us from starting the creative process and sure does not let us get to the “heart” of what we want to say and do.
I do not want to dwell on the negative today. There are lots of self-help books to help with the problem of self-doubt and fear. What I will say is…don’t compare yourself to anyone else. I want to write about what believing in ourselves can do for our art. Eliminating self-doubt leads us to the creative art life, or any part of life for that matter, we want.
Simply stated, getting rid of self-doubt allows us to tap into the creativity that is uniquely ours. Trusting ourselves more will keep us from feeling the need to be like someone else, and accept others as they are. We do not have to make others happy or “fit in” to someone else’s mold. We need to embrace who we are!
If we want to stay true to ourselves, we do not need to compromise our values for success or anything that is not aligned to what is true for us. If we trust our selves, we can do more than we ever imagined. Our work will come from our core. It will be rich with meaning, vibrant with our spirit, and uniquely us.
But first we need to know what it is we are passionate about. We need to have the tools in our toolbox to do it, and we have to let go of fear, and trust ourselves. To quote a mentor and friend… ”Risk a glorious failure”. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Trust your ideas and ability, let go of your fear, and go create. Stay safe. Carolyn