Everyone suffers from self doubt from time to time but I think artists, no matter what the medium, experience more self doubt that usual.
As an artist you’re putting yourself and the work that best represents you out into the public, for the world to see….and criticise.
The Imposter Syndrome is real, it tells you that you’re not a REAL artist, you’re a fraud, winging it as you go along and you’re going to be found out at any minute. I don’t know where the idea that we’re not good enough, not professional enough, not exciting enough comes from but I do know you’re are not alone if you’ve ever felt this.
Never compare yourself to others and that’s good advice if you’re a creative person or if you’re not. Comparing yourself to others will only make you miserable, there is a big difference between comparison and inspiration. Look up to people, let them inspire you to be whatever it is you want but never compare your accomplishments to theirs.
I found this great blog post by Becomingminimalist.com. A Helpful Guide to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others.
It lists 9 reasons why comparisons are a truly cruel way to look at yourself.
- Comparisons are always unfair. We typically compare the worst we know of ourselves to the best we presume about others.
- Comparisons, by definition, require metrics. But only a fool believes every good thing can be counted (or measured).
- Comparisons rob us of precious time. We each get 86,400 seconds each day. And using even one to compare yourself or your accomplishments to another is one second too many.
- You are too unique to compare fairly. Your gifts and talents and successes and contributions and value are entirely unique to you and your purpose in this world. They can never be properly compared to anyone else.
- You have nothing to gain, but much to lose. For example: your pride, your dignity, your drive, and your passion.
- There is no end to the possible number of comparisons. The habit can never be overcome by attaining success. There will also be something—or someone—else to focus on.
- Comparison puts focus on the wrong person. You can control one life—yours. But when we constantly compare ourselves to others, we waste precious energy focusing on other peoples’ lives rather than our own.
- Comparisons often result in resentment. Resentment towards others and towards ourselves.
- Comparisons deprive us of joy. They add no value, meaning, or fulfillment to our lives. They only distract from it.
I found the picture above yesterday when I really needed some positivity and I love it. I shared it on Twitter and Instagram and people really got behind this idea that we can kick self doubt in the balls, really fucking hard.
So, if you’re starting to feel the fraud police coming for you remember this, you are good enough, your art is good enough, infact it’s better than good enough, it’s fantastic! Why? Because you made it and only you could make the art you do.
So, get kicking!