Sometimes, when working on something that really matters to us, we let a small feeling of doubt reside within ourselves. With every small mistake we make, the feeling can fester and deepen, while every success goes unacknowledged by our overly-critical selves. That feeling can even grow to a point where it sabotages the very work that you were once so passionate about.
Self-doubt has put a hold on a pursuit that I’ve been striving to accomplish. This blog has fallen to the backburner for the past few months because I doubted my ability to write good content and successfully run a blog. But these feelings have run their course and I have gotten past this feeling of incompetence.
This was how I snapped out of my self-doubt:
I read books by authors who want to see their readers flourish and succeed in their endeavors. I surrounded myself with an environment that was sure to foster creativity and motivation. My previous environment was not conducive to those thoughts.
I also thought.
I thought of more than just the daily mashup of chores and urgent tasks that were on my to-do list. I evaluated my long-term goals and medium-term goals, allowing me to do daily things that would bring me closer to my true life goals.
Self-doubt is sometimes paralyzing, but it rarely supersedes the consumption of positive messages. Fill your world with information and messages that express who you want to be and where you want to go.
Here is a message that helped to excite me and get me through a rough patch of self-doubt:
“The professional dedicates himself to mastering a technique not because he believes technique is a substitute for inspiration but because he wants to be in possession of the full arsenal of skills when inspiration does come” (Pressfield 84).
When I read those lines in The War of Art, I felt satisfied and encouraged by that message. It’s true: I am not a professional writer. The only thing that I’m in direct control of is practicing the craft of writing so that I have the opportunity to become a better writer. If I focus on what I am in control of, improvement will happen.
So if you find yourself in a similar situation of doubt and unwillingness to move forward with your work (be it creative or otherwise), just seek out some material that helps you to feel in charge again. Usually, by reading a wide range of blogs/books, I can take away a few lessons and feel excited about my projects all over again.
In terms of the future of this blog, expect to see lots of fresh content, new photos, and increased motivation. It’s all forward from here!