10 Ways to Give In To Fear

Bench seat in sunlight with shade to left side

Every so often I’ll realise that I’ve not been spending much time (if any) doing the creative things that I enjoy and that give me some perspective in my daily life. Taking photos and drawing get me noticing the things around me that I might not otherwise see. They help me to slow down and appreciate the little things that are all around me.

There are lots of reasons that I take a break from drawing or photographing stuff but one thing I try to stay conscious of is fear. It’s really easy to become paralysed by fear so that you just stop creating and then getting back into being creative becomes a real struggle.

10 Ways to Give in to Fear

  1. Listen to the person or people who criticise what you do or how you do it – start wondering if they are right.
  2. Decide that what you create will be disappointing.
  3. Worry that what you create isn’t (or won’t be) original and that it’s all been done before.
  4. Spend too long looking at what others are doing – start to compare yourself to them and decide that you will never be as good.
  5. Ignore/ forget any praise or positive feedback you’ve had, even if it far outweighs the negative.
  6. Over think your creative projects – never get beyond the planning stage.
  7. Decide you have nothing worthwhile to add.
  8. Feel embarrassed or that people will laugh at you.
  9. Find distractions – put off doing the creative things you enjoy, i.e. procrastinate.
  10. Agree with your inner critic when it suggests you are being frivolous or self-indulgent.

In what other ways does fear take over and stop you from being creative? How do you overcome it to get yourself back on track?


7 thoughts on “10 Ways to Give In To Fear

  1. Christy King Reply

    I’m a huge overthinking. That has been the most difficult part of blogging for me. When I started it could take me a week to come up with 500 words. I really try hard to make myself just keep going no matter what I feel like.

    1. Christy King Reply

      And a terrible typist – overthinker, not overthinking!

    2. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      It sounds like you’ve got yourself into a good habit of just writing regularly, no matter what, which is probably the biggest hurdle. 🙂

  2. Joy @ Joyfully Green Reply

    This post hit a lot of nails on the head! I’m a huge overthinker as well! I have so many half-written posts in my queue. I have found that making myself post twice a week sets me on a better, more productive schedule. Giving myself firm deadlines with no excuses–I needed that push!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      I think you’re right about using deadlines. They can be very useful. Sometimes I find that deadlines can cause me some stress but if I don’t give myself any goals at all then there’s nothing pushing me to get stuff done at all.

  3. Katy Reply

    Really inspiring post – I think #7 and #9 are the ones I struggle with the most often but they all come up some days.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks Katy. I think 7 and 9 are probably the most difficult for me too.

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