I don’t know where this quote came from but I would high five and then hug whoever said it first if I met them. It is rare that four small words can be so powerful. But it is true…
Fear is a liar.
- You will fail
- Your work won’t sell
- No one likes your photos
- No one reads your blog
- No one reads your writing
- You shouldn’t try
- You aren’t talented
But fear is a bully who doesn’t truly know you. Because fear often comes from our own insecurities and low self-esteem. Especially when what we want to accomplish already has so many other talented people in that field.
There is room for everyone’s work. Everyone’s work has value. Your work has value.
Galileo was charged with heresy and sentenced to life in prison in 1633 because he determined that the Sun revolved around the Earth and not vice versa. He knew that his studies in science went against everything that the world believed but he embraced his fears and shared his findings.
What would the history of science look like if he gave into his fears? I’m glad we will never know.
Professional athletes are prone to lack of confidence that sometimes ruins an entire season. They lose belief in themselves and their abilities which leads to self-doubt and hesitation on the playing field or hockey rink. There are sports psychologists that specialize in helping athletes work through this fear. They are successful, make lots of money, have amazing lifestyles, but something still terrifies them.
Everyone is afraid of something and I have found that creative people seem to have more doubts than the average person. Fear can creep back into your life after you thought you conquered it. It can pounce on anyone at any age and at any time in your creative journey. In a world so connected, we compare ourselves with others. We often doubt ourselves, our talents, and how creative we really are.
The important thing is to define what you fear and why. Then you can start finding ways to build your confidence to chip away at that fear.
You’ll find that fear lies and you are much braver than you think.