Nothing perhaps encapsulates what I’ve been going through lately than this quote from Steven Pressfield, author of “The War of Art” (which is far and away the single most important tome a creative can have on his or her bookshelf or Kindle.) I’m sure you’ve been there yourself. It might have been the time you first started your creative business. That inkling inside of you to do it was probably eating away at you for years.
Or maybe it was picking up that camera, pen, or guitar for the first time. The first time you hit “publish” on a blog post; or “upload” on a video or podcast. Before you got to that life-defining moment, you were probably scared.
Scared that what you created would suck.
Scared that it would feel like a waste of time.
Scared that people would look at you funny for even trying.
Scared it would just be yet another failure. Or your first failure.
First and foremost, take solace in knowing that you are not alone in that feeling. You have thousands of other creative brothers and sisters sharing that feeling with you right now.
But also know this: it won’t be the last time either you face that fear. I’ve been making films in one form or another for over 20 years (professionally for 13). And there’s a little fear that comes along with every project. Now I’m on the verge of launching not one, but TWO new podcasts, and despite the fact I’ve already launched and run two successful podcasts before, I’m more scared of this new endeavor than almost anything else I’ve done.
The one reassurance I have in all of this is the fact that my amount of fear is directly proportional to the necessity to do this.
What is the one thing you’re so scared to do right now, it’s proof positive you need to do it?
[photo © Jerod Erondu. Stocksnap.io. CC Zero]