Self-doubt in creativity and how to overcome it

I’m in the current stages of recovering from a serious creative block.

Last year my life was a whirlwind of really big and amazing life changing events. Between everything that was going on I found very little room for creative outlets such as blogging, photography, and embroidery. Instead of stressing about it I simply just accepted that it was a time in my life to be mentally present for and to take some time away.

One of my most dreaded questions during this time was “Do you still do photography?” I always felt a great amount of guilt and embarrassment when I had to say “No, not right now. I’m just taking a little break” & this guilt then turned into self-doubt & then of course I thought “Well, maybe I wasn’t very good anyway so why should I even go back?”

There may be a series of questions you ask yourself when starting a big creative project, business, or anything that requires you stepping out of your comfort zone.

How will I make this work?

Will people even want to see or listen?

Wow I’m so stupid for wanting to do this.

It’s a waste of time. I’m not good enough.

There are many factors to creative blocks and we can identify them as motivation, procrastination and self-doubt. Self-doubt factor of creative block because when you have it, it’s really difficult to get started and move forward in the first place.

Doubt is actually a huge part of the creative process but it’s up to you how you’re going to work with it.

Stop comparing yourself to social media influencers

Social media influencers are great for a lot of things but they should be something to avoid if you are in the process of overcoming self-doubt. Influencers can be great inspiration for us because there’s nothing wrong with reaching for the stars and setting goals but please do not compare yourself to them.

You have to accept that not everyone is going to love what you do.

This is OKAY. Not everyone has to like you and what you do. If you think about pleasing other’s all the time, you’re not going to go far in what you really want. Instead of focusing your attention of those who don’t care focus your attention on the one’s you are going to inspire and bring light to!

Think about how cool you are to even be doing this!

Seriously, whatever you are wanting to do I’m 101.5% positive I cannot do that thing! Even if it is something that someone else can do you are still different people and you’re going to put your own amazing and creative twist on it. Remember, everyone’s creative journey is different.

I hope that these tips will help you in your creative journey!

xoxo // Mariah Cassandra

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