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Overcome Self-Doubt and Judgement

Overcoming self-doubt and the fear of judgment is a crucial aspect of fully embracing your creativity. These internal barriers can stifle creative expression and hinder the exploration of innovative ideas. Recognizing and challenging these negative thoughts is essential for fostering a mindset that encourages the free flow of creativity. One practical approach is to engage in self-reflection and identify the root causes of your self-doubt. Understanding the origins of these doubts can help you address them more effectively and develop strategies for overcoming them.

I think many of us self-reflect, but on different levels.  When I found mixed media journaling, it took my self-reflection to a deeper level, or as some would say, a higher consciousness.  Mixed media art is sometimes built over many layers.  What lays underneath gradually gets covered up with new layers, but not always completely.  You get this intricate and delicate mix of the old and the new and so many exciting things can emerge.   I remember when I first started exploring different art mediums and putting marks on the page, I had some anger to work through.  I didn’t really know where the anger was stemming from and why it was showing up when I was trying to make a piece of artwork.  It had the realization that the anger was blocking my creativity, so I keep making marks and scribbles with the supplies I had available and with the intention of making something that was not going to be pretty.  Slowly, I was able to let the anger flow out of me and onto the page.  I was then able to see the self-doubt and judgment that had been hiding under the anger.

When you recognize self-doubt, overcoming it involves reframing your mindset and focusing on your strengths and past successes. Keep a record of your creative achievements, no matter how small, and celebrate them. This positive reinforcement can counteract negative self-talk and build confidence in your creative abilities. Additionally, set realistic goals for your creative endeavors and acknowledge that perfection is an unrealistic standard. Embrace the idea that creativity is a process of growth and learning, and mistakes are an integral part of that process.

To address the fear of judgment, it's important to recognize that not everyone will resonate with or appreciate your creative work, and that's okay. Shift your focus from seeking external validation to finding intrinsic satisfaction in the act of creation itself. Surround yourself with a supportive community of fellow creatives or mentors who understand the challenges of the creative process. Seek constructive feedback rather than fearing criticism, viewing it as an opportunity for improvement rather than a validation of your worth. By gradually exposing yourself to sharing your work and receiving feedback, you can build resilience against the fear of judgment and develop a more robust sense of creative self-worth. Remember, the most authentic and impactful creative expressions often come from a place of vulnerability and courage.  Think about a time in your life when you felt unsure about showing your work.  Have you had to work through self-doubt or fear of judgement?  Feel free to share your story below in the comments.

Thank you so much for reading! Be sure to check out the blog each week on Tuesday.  Next week, I’ll be writing about the creative process, a dynamic and intricate journey marked by phases of inspiration, exploration, and realization.  Check out my free list, 10 Benefits of Creativity, that I created just for you and learn about the benefits of creativity.

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