[self-doubt] def: “lack of confidence in the reliability of one’s own motives, personality, thought…
Self-doubt. A feeling we harbour internally, and one we have to deal with if we are to progress further with our goals. Last week, I wrote a piece titled “There Is More To You Than Yesterday” centred around the theme of New Beginnings which I’ve chosen to write about throughout this month, focusing on positive affirmations, weekly motivations to help us excel and succeed this year. Three weeks into January, you may have started to feel weighed down or still in the festive slump, patiently waiting for January to draw to a close.
The reason I’ve written this post is because it’s something I relate to personally and have chosen to combat this year. As a content creator/influencer/blogger, whatever you want to call it, it’s easy to fall off your path of creativity due to the increased competition, pressure of social media and simply because we feel as if people are just not interested in what we create. We also know that a majority of people don’t actually respect the influencer industry and still hold judgement against content creators regarding their ACTUAL jobs. There are tons of articles that continuously bash influencers because of their chosen line of work. So, OF COURSE we’re going to get stressed, demotivated, feel useless and even doubt our abilities but what can YOU do to overcome self-doubt?
Self-doubt sabotages creativity. Believe in yourself. Believe in your art.
“the worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.”
- Sylvia Plath.”
Remember each of us have a story to share. Whatever you choose to publish or create could be inspiring a reader so never lose confidence in your work.
Remember don’t worry about other people’s judgement.
Remember to manage negative thoughts and feelings, find a way to keep going.
Remember self-doubt is a story you’ve conjured up in your mind. You are in control of your thoughts, how are you choosing to rewrite this story?
Remember why you create. Three words that I live by when it comes to my blog: “Aspire to Inspire.” I’ve created this platform to not just document my personal style journey but also be a one stop destination where each of you lovely readers can refer back to for encouragement and motivation. Yes, style is fun but let’s get real about some of the issues that are holding us back from reaching our full potential.
Remember to take small steps. Don’t be in a hurry or rush to get EVERYTHING done by a specific time. Remain self-disciplined and work daily on your goals, yes. However, sometimes we get so carried away by how quickly others in our niche or industries are growing, that it then allows self comparison to creep in, which can take its toll emotionally and mentally if not managed.
Remember it’s okay to soak up inspiration and admiration for other creatives. Heck, I’m ALWAYS stalking some of my favourite influencers, for content inspiration - ideas on how to style certain items in my wardrobe or how to create content around a particular subject which I’m passionate about. Seeking inspiration is key as a content creator or fellow creative, to further develop your content. Enjoy being around your fellow creatives or engaging with them, without trashing yourself in the process.
“Don’t allow someone else’s talent negate or hinder your own creativity.”
Remember to surround yourself with positive and supportive people. This could be your inner circle or some fellow creatives you’ve buddied up with on social media. They’re more than likely able to relate to the struggle and can offer up some advice on how they’re dealing with the same issues. Sometimes engaging in conversations around the things bothering us the most can make us feel better, and motivate us to get back on track.
Remember to find what puts you in your creative zone. It could be journalling, going out for a walk, booking a weekend trip away or just putting your favourite song on blast!
“Overcoming self-doubt involves believing that you can do it, accepting your strengths and limitations, fixing what you can, and then taking a risk by moving forward, even if you don’t have all the answers.”
I’m still trying to implement my own advice daily but thought I’d just share some things that can really help overcome self-doubt and inspire you to share more of your creativity. I’m choosing to utilise all my God-given talents and skills to the best of my ability, to not look back and keep going. I get so much positive feedback around the content I create, but have struggled to actually accept the feedback in some way if that makes sense? I’ve always felt like I could be and should be doing more, while that’s true, it’s come from a place of comparison to my peers and the feeling of ‘not being good enough.’
I’m learning to continuously be true to myself across all my platforms and to adapt a positive mindset. I hope this post can encourage you and as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts around this!
Until next time,