I recently did some content creation for a local small business and was thrilled about being asked because it was the first time I created content from scratch.Nonetheless, after emailing off the first batch of samples, a terrible bout of self-doubt set in.
At first, I was happy but when I looked at them later that day, I felt uneasy about them.
A million questions were running through my head. “What if they hate the colours? What if it isn’t what they wanted? What if they hate it so much that they decide they don’t want to work with me anymore?” I started knit-picking at my work, noticing everything that could be a possible flaw.
When I got an email back the next day saying that they loved what I had done, I felt euphoric and mostly, relieved.
I carried on with the project and the outcome was lovely.
It got me thinking. We doubt ourselves so much. We have little confidence in ourselves but expect others to.
The process of creation should be freeing and liberating, not restricting and upsetting.
It’s time we put a little more trust into our creative process and stop overthinking it all.