Letting Creativity Flow Despite Self-Doubt


     One of the hardest things to do in life is allow yourself to learn something new without expectations.  So often, we are our own worst critics to the point of stifling our creativity.  The joy of learning and trying something new is squashed by that voice in our head telling us that we are not good enough.

     Discovering and nurturing new abilities takes time and practice. Seeking approval from others before we allow ourselves time to grow only feeds our insecurities.  We have to give ourselves permission to make mistakes and be the "new kid on the block."

     The path to success is almost never a straight line.  Bumps and dips along the way are stepping stones, building character and perseverance.  Falling down and getting back up is a success in itself. Look at each set back or challenge as an opportunity to feed your hunger.  Do you really want it?  If so, you'll keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Learning as you go.

     What we feel are our failures are many times teaching us to be flexible and determined.  Let the heartbreaks of life feed your creative side.  Everyone has their disappointments.  Our vulnerabilities and weaknesses become a bond that provides strength when shared.

Helpful hints:

  1. Step out of your comfort zone. That's where true growth is found.
  2. Give yourself permission to make mistakes.
  3. Stop seeking perfection.
  4. Do what makes you feel alive.
  5. Tell yourself today is a "good" day. Perception is everything.



  1. This post is perfect, it is so difficult, time and time again for creative people to keep putting their work out there. I loved this, "Do you really want it? If so, you'll keep putting one foot in front of the other.” Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. It is difficult, isn't it? Glad we have a little tribe of writers for support.