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Overcoming self-doubt as an artist

Updated: May 2, 2023

Are you as tired as I am of playing the comparison game? Social media and the internet make it very easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to others.

Here are some tips to help you deal with overcoming self-doubt as an artist.

First, it's essential to realize that everyone is on their own journey. Just because someone else has achieved success in their art doesn't mean that you're falling behind. For me, that means going on a digital detox from time to time.

Next, it is important to find inspiration without comparison. Look to other artists for ideas, but don't compare yourself to them. Sometimes just looking at their work and dissecting it will give you some insight into how they created it. This can be very useful and you can take some of what you learn and put your spin on this work. I recommend the book "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. In his book, he talks about how to find inspiration from the world around you. Inspiration can often come from the most unlikely places. Here is what I have discovered in my own backyard.

Setting realistic goals and tracking your progress is another great way to overcome the comparison game. Break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones. Celebrate each milestone along the way, no matter how small. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron is a classic book on creativity that offers practical exercises to help you set goals and track your progress.

Finally, surround yourself with supportive people. Find a community of artists who can offer encouragement, feedback, and advice. I have been and continue to be a part of several communities and all provide so much value to me. There is something about being accountable to others to spur you on. To read more about the challenges and insecurities that all artists face and how to overcome them with the help of a supportive community read "Art & Fear" by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

In conclusion, comparing ourselves to others is normal, but you don't have to stay stuck there. You need to recognize that everyone is on their own journey. Find inspiration without comparison, set realistic goals and track your progress, and surround yourself with supportive people. You can overcome these feelings and create with confidence.

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