Some days I am overwhelmed by my self doubt. It comes out of nowhere, I can spend a good half of my day tackling my to do list and feeling proud of the work I’m creating, and then something knocks me and I am filled with an overwhelming sense of not being good enough. Maybe it comes with the territory of working for yourself and in a creative industry, but for me I find it can paralyse me and my work flow. Living with GAD means that I am more prone to these anxious moments, but I refuse to be controlled by it or allow it to interfere with my life and my business anymore.
A little self doubt never hurt - I for one don’t crave for the ‘Kanye West’ style arrogance you can find in the world - as questioning myself and my work actually can push me to do better. There’s a line though, and once self doubt turns into paralysing self hatred, that’s when I know I have to actively intervene into my negative thought process.
It’s something I’m working on, and there are still days when I feel overwhelmed by it, but I thought I’d share some of the ways I’m tackling my self doubt:
. Believe in my creative vision - sometimes I worry that my work will not be well received, or that it’s just not good enough, but when I have that feeling in my gut that I’m excited by a piece of work I’m learning to hold onto it and let that guide me
. Focus on the execution - A good idea is important, but an even better execution of it is even more essential. Self doubt can be the thing that gets in the way, so for me I try and focus on channeling my time, thoughts and emotions into creating what I’m working on.
. Coping mechanisms - I’m learning that when I’m overwhelmed by my self doubt or start to obsess around a negative thought, the best thing for me to do is to break down and dissect it and usually I can gather that I’m being overly anxious and then move forward.
. Stop worrying about others - In the past I have worried quite a bit about what others may think and how what I create will be received. Letting go of these fears and just believing in myself is so freeing - you can choose whose opinions matter to you.
. Just work through it - There’s not enough hours in the day anyway to get everything I need to get done, so wasting time with self doubt just isn’t something I’m willing to do anymore. When I feel that sense of dread, or fear or worry when it comes to my work - I give myself 10 minutes to work it through in my head and then I move on and just tackle the task at hand. Sometimes just focusing on getting the work done allows me to mute that self doubt in my head.
Do you ever struggle with self doubt?
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