One of the most common roadblocks that stands between people and their creativity is self-doubt. We are our own worst critics. It may seem like some people are immune to this particular block (or any creative blocks, for that matter) but the truth is that everyone experiences self-doubt. Even the most seasoned, prolific artists and creators.
The difference between consistent creators and the ones consistently held back self-doubt is one small but crucial thing: they do it anyway.
You aren’t abnormal for the doubts and fears that come up when you explore your creativity. Vulnerability is a part of the process, and vulnerability is scary. Uncertainty is scary. Putting yourself out there is scary. But if you want to live a full, passionate existence, the courage to push through the discomfort is a necessity.
The following inspiring quotes on creativity and self-doubt show just how universal these feelings are ― and how important it is to press on despite them. Read them whenever you are feeling stuck and need a boost of motivation.
11 Inspiring Quotes on Creativity and Self-Doubt
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ― Andy Warhol
“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” ― Eric Fromm
“Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ― Mary Lee Cook
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” ― Ken Robinson
“Stay in your own lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.” ― Brené Brown
“I don’t think there’s an artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.” ― Francis Ford Coppola
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath
“An artist feels vulnerable to begin with; and yet the only answer is to recklessly discard more armor.” ― Eric Maisel
“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” ― Julia Cameron
“If you are willing to do something that might not work, you’re closer to being an artist.” ― Seth Godin
“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest ― as politely as you possibly can ― that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert