Doubt and the creative journey

You’re a dreamer, aren’t you? Head in the clouds. Passion forming your decisions more than logic. Caught up in stardust and possibilities.

Dreamers are also doers.

Just look at Seth Godin, the man who refuses to follow “the rules” in business, whatever those may be. There are other examples too, of course. Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, and Mother Theresa to name just a few. People who saw the way things were and said, “Hey, that’s not the way it could be. I’m going to do something about it.” And they did.

And we’re grateful.

So I’m going to assume that you are a dreamer like me. That there is this thing that’s lodged itself in your brain and you can’t shake it. Maybe it’s a book. Maybe it’s a poem or a painting or a way to solve a problem that other creatives are facing. Whatever it is, this thing, this dream, is stuck there for a reason.

Because you’re the only person who can bring it to life.

“That’s wonderful,” you say. “But what about on those days when the doubt sets in? What about the times when it feels like I’m taking three steps forward and eight back?”

When you doubt (because we all do)

Instead of seeing doubt as a strange phenomenon, recognize it for what it is: part of the process. Loads of dreamers feel doubt and do it anyway. There are crazy stories of creatives who wouldn’t, couldn’t and thankfully didn’t give up on their dreams even when the going was tough.

Here is one thing you need to know about doubt: it means you’re on the right track. It means you are trying. It means that you aren’t stationary. It means you're being a brave creative.

I woke up shaken from a really bad dream. On top of that (or because I was already feeling more fragile?) my mind immediately started to worry over a new creative project I had started. "What if no one likes it? What if no one reads it? What if it's all just a waste of time?"

After my quiet time I felt much better. Stronger. More resilient. And I realized something powerful (or was reminded of it). My job is to do the work. To follow the call to write and ignite passion in others following their creative dreams. To keep showing up. The rest isn’t up to me … and rather than feeling scary, there’s a certain freedom in that.

What do you think? Is there a big dream of yours that feels very far away today?


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