Courage – One of the most devastating things that can possibly happen to a creative soul is to be harshly judged on the work they share with others, whether that means privately with a client or publicly on social media or a website. Because of the negative feelings that can come about when dealing with negative feedback, many creatives are nervous or scared to put their work out into the world, creating a number of problems if you are marketing or running a business revolving around your art.
Honestly, the anxiety will always be there to some extent. I don’t think that is something you will ever completely get over, but it isn’t always about the feeling itself, it is about the way you handle the feeling and how much power you allow it to have in your life.
So, what can you do to flex your creative confidence muscles and take back your artistic license? Here are a few tips that should definitely get you started:
- Remember that the point of creativity isn’t to be like everyone else in your industry. Get comfortable with being different, and use your abilities to carve out a niche that only you can satisfy.
- Muster the courage to share on social media. I promise, it does get easier. At the end of the day, the very worst thing that can happen is that a reader will criticize your work in your comments section (how dare they!). If that happens hold your head high and realize that the people you want to attract would never treat another creative in that manner. Delete the comment if you feel it was absolutely inappropriate and move on, but whatever you do, don’t respond to the negativity or stop posting. The more you do it, the easier it will get.
- Educate yourself on creative confidence and speak with other creatives about how they got over their own fear and anxiety. Some great books to read on the subject include Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, and It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be
- Feel the fear, but do it anyway. This is my number one rule in life and in business. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel some level of fear regarding my work, my clients, or my own creative thought process. But, I made a promise to myself when I started my design business that I was not going to let fear dictate my level of success. I allow myself to feel the feelings, because it would be absolutely counterintuitive to try to push the fear away or pretend it doesn’t exist, but I also use my power of courage to do it anyway.
- Recognize your Courageous Power and how it affects your daily life. There is nothing more empowering than knowing that you did something that was incredibly hard for you and made a conscious choice to battle through the anxious feelings. I promise, the more often you recognize your courage, the more powerful you will feel in your daily life and in your life as an entrepreneur.
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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
MUSTERING THE COURAGE TO SHOW YOUR WORK