Am I good enough?

Does this statement or thought hold you back? It does me.

“When I am good enough, I will…”
• Do more artwork
• Show my artwork to others
• Participate in an art show
• Not be anxious to put myself ‘out there’
• Insert your statement here

Self-doubt is one of the dark places for artists. The inner critic takes over and tells you “who do you think you are?” “Look at your work compared to their work – they are better “, “insert your critical comment here”.

It will never be the right time and sometimes we don’t feel good or ready enough. At least I don’t. You have to take the risk, stop listening to your inner critic and give yourself permission to go to new places with your art, even if you don’t feel ready. I don’t think any creative person ever feels truly ready to step out and be seen.

Stepping out can feel so vulnerable when art is so personal.

Will you give me permission? As a child, did you show your work to a parent or peer and look for validation? “You’re a good artist”, “Wow, you’re talented”, “You should become an artist.”

Validation is good; however if you’re not finding the validation that you need from others, don’t let it hold you back.

It’s time to stop asking for permission. Give yourself permission and you will become empowered.

Beyond judgments. As you let go of self-doubt, comparisons and approval seeking, you can begin to move beyond the feelings of judgment. Self-judgment, self-doubt and the fear of not being good enough are deep pits that keep creativity stifled.

The What Ifs. But what if no one likes my work? What if they judge me? What if they gossip? What if I’m rejected?

We need to face the worry head on. Stop focusing on the fear and focus on the process of doing the work and the self-discovery it brings.

If you’re doing what truly makes you happy, the reward will be so much more than the fear of what if.

What if you go to new places as an artist and new doors open to adventures you’ve never dreamed of? What if you find the peace of mind and self-expression that art brings? It’s all worth it.

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished?
Yes; work never begun.
–Christina Rossetti

 

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”
–Robert Bresson

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