Let's talk about holding ourselves back. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Making excuses more than once, that is just a straight up decision you have now gotten in the habit of making to get out of and avoid something that could help you grow. If you're an artist or creator like yours truly, you find yourself being held back by these six excuses. Don't worry, this will be short and sweet and also, side note, I still give myself these excuses to this day, so you're not alone!
The "I don't have time"
The talent self-doubt
The "I don't have the right tools"
This is exactly what you think it is about. If you are like me, you are always wanting what you make to be perfect perfect perfect! News flash: Not possible.
If you're afraid your next piece of work won't be as good as your last, you're brain is controlling you. Every piece of work you create is an, repeat after me, OPPORTUNITY! As you work more, the better you get! DUH! Instead of focusing on the "quality" of the work, prioritize the "quantity" and produce produce produce!
The "I don't have time":
Oh no! Are you too busy to create? Oh darn! What about all that time you spent this weekend binging Netflix? Yea... that's what I thought. Even if you're taking notes on an idea you have for just 5 minutes, you can be that much more ahead everyday instead of doing nothing. So easy! Of course you have time. And you know what they say:
"If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse."
The talent self-doubt:
Do you wish you were more talented? Well here is a website for you to gain more talent:
www. PERSERVERE & DETERMINATION .com
Give it a look!
Ok, if you actually believe that is a website... we have a bigger problem. But yes, the truth is hard work beats talent, every single time! So persevere and be determined with what you do and work towards your goals! Just remember to be patient, because good things come to those who wait.
This is actually something that can be a big road block, especially if you have "writer's block". That being said, open your eyes and look at the world around you. Try to find a NEW way of what you are doing. There is always something there that can inspire you. One of my favorite things to do is watch a documentary of art, or a podcast related to creators or entrepreneurs! It always gets my blood going!
The "I don't have the right tools":
So you say you're missing those fancy tools that all the professional artists and photographers and architects, etc, etc, have, huh? Well surprise! Tools don't make you a better artist! YOU make you a better artist! And that's a fact jack! This relates back to all the ones before this. I could give you some more cheesy quotes, but I will stick with the best one:
"practice makes perfect!"
Is it hard coming up with a new idea? Well it is for everyone. Sometimes we get caught up in trying to reinvent the wheel, when in reality, you just need to not overthink. Once I was shadowing a photographer and I asked him to critique my photos and he said you have the eye for everything, but you over think! He said I had:
"paralysis by analysis,"
think on that phrase.
So, in short. Do not stress, we all go through these things, and we all have been there to make up excuses for ourselves. Just remember to work on these excuses and overcome them. Work on changing those negative decisions. Create art, not excuses!