October 19, 2017
3 Ways to Silence that Self-Doubting Voice in Your Head
It may annoy you to no end, but some people make creativity look effortless. There are other writers, designers, photographers, and entrepreneurs who make the rest of us question our skills and career choices. The important thing to remember, however, is that no matter how talented someone else is in your industry, a true sign of a successful person is perseverance.
Yes, it may take you longer to design the perfect logo or flyer and maybe your writing requires more rounds of revisions than your colleagues, but the trick to enhancing your skills and improving your creative workflow is that you never stop trying.
So, it’s time to silence that obnoxious voice in your head that keeps calling you a fraud. When faced with self-doubt, try these tips to boost your self-image and keep you focused on success.
1) Learn Everything You Can
There’s no question that education is a life-long commitment. No matter what industry you’re in, there’s always a new concept, tool, or way of doing something. Whether you decide to attend workshops or seminars or take online classes, keep yourself educated on your industry and read everything you can to stay informed. There’s a new article on creating better dialogue? Ready it! There’s a new tool in illustrator? Master it! Read and learn everything you can get your hands on, and you’ll start seeing those creative juices pour out of you.
2) Practice Your Craft Every Day
Some days are easier than others, but it’s essential that you practice your skills every single day. Even on those days when you’d rather pave the sidewalks in your neighborhood than sit at your desk and work on a project, you must persevere! If you don’t know where to start, pick a time during the day to commit yourself to practicing your craft. It’s also helpful to set a time limit or stopping point for each day. And remember that this practice time does not include the work you get paid to do. So, if you design at your day job, you want to find time in the early morning or perhaps at night to design for your portfolio, website, or even a throw-away project.
3) Let a Trusted Professional Critique Your Work
I want to focus on the word “trusted” here, as I’m referring to two things: (1) a person who is experienced in the industry and (2) a person who is honest and provides truthful feedback because he wants to see you succeed. If you’re worried that you’re not meeting your creative expectations, have someone you respect sit with you and review your work. Afterward, evaluate his feedback: Did his suggestions make the final concept better? What did you do well? What are your areas of weakness and how can you avoid the same mistakes in the future?
And remember if anyone’s feedback is personal, forget it and move on. Find someone else whose opinion is based on progress than their own insecurities.
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