Do you feel stuck with ideas you have up in your head? Taking on any creative project is never supposed to be easy. Whether it’s a client project or a personal one you eventually hit walls. These aren’t just any walls. They are as tall as a red pine, covered in ice and made of steel.
All of your thoughts, ideas and work suddenly feel meaningless. Let’s take that feeling and turn it into a learning opportunity to boost your confidence.
How you can gain confidence in your ideas.
Take a break from work.
Feeling stuck might be because you’ve been in the same physical or mental space for too long. Go for a walk. Listen to some music that makes you feel better. You need to free your mind and body in order to allow yourself to see things differently. So make sure you take the time to rest.
Ask for feedback from someone you trust.
This is where a lot of anxiety can be laid to rest. If you’re hyper critical of your own work or tend to be a perfectionist, having a mentor or person you trust is vital. This is the kind of person that has great taste like you do. They know what good work looks like. These people will tell you how it is, but lift you up and remind you that you actually are talented, even when you struggle to see that for yourself. Find these people in your life. They can be your lifeblood in the midst of creative anxiety.
Remember that perfection is the enemy.
This is a reflection of the last talking point, but deserves more attention. If you’re like me, you always look at projects you complete and feel some form of regret. You could have done it better. You should have done it differently. Those feeling are natural, but they prevent you from progression. You can sit in trying to make the details perfect. You can waste a lot of time trying to be perfect.
The reality is that most people don’t notice the imperfections that you notice. That’s just how it is. Learning to be ok with that idea allows you to move on and do greater things. Don’t worry. Greater work is in your future.
Remove that fear of failure because it is inevitable.
So you have an idea, but you still think it’s inadequate. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Even years. Or maybe you feel like it’s not quite ready to be worked on. I have been there. I am there right now. I deal with this every day. I always have ideas, but always think I will not execute it well.
Here’s the thing. You probably will try new ideas and they will fail. That’s not a bad thing. It’s beautiful.
Those failures teach you more than any success ever will. Every time you fail at something take notes. Learn why it didn’t work. Don’t do that any more. Learn and move on. Be your own experiment so you can learn faster and faster and faster. Just start trying and see where things lead you.
I feel like this might be the most important piece of advice when you want to gain confidence in anythign. I get scared when I start new ideas and make them tangible. That fear is a mixture of excitement, anxiety and insecurity. The beginning is where the walls get torn down though. It’s messy as hell.
But in that mess is when the pieces become visible and real. Your idea suddenly has legs. It begins to walk. Momentum picks up and the next thing you know you are up and running with something wonderful.
So please. Just begin the work. Start writing. Start drawing. Start editing. Start talking. Whatever it is you have to do to being. Do it.
Be brave friends.