The Enemy of Creativity


Sylvia Plath once said that the worst enemy of creativity is self doubt. Such truth in these words. I’ve been dancing with self doubt for many years, and let me tell you, he’s a lousy partner.

Self doubt is an expert at leading. The problem is he leads you in the wrong direction. When we listen to the persistent voice that clamors so loud, we miss the quiet one of our heart calling us to our true selves.

This problem with self doubt isn’t just confined to creatives. It’s a common problem that holds many people back from realizing their dreams.

So, what’s a creative like me or you supposed to do with this problem? It’s simple…just face your fears. Shout down the voice of doubt. Move forward.

Easy peasey.

Yeah, I know, not so much. It’s hard because our doubts speak so loudly. The only way around this is to keep speaking truth to yourself. Eventually the doubt will be overwhelmed by the truth.

The other thing you have to do, is move forward despite your fear. Failure isn’t final. It’s the opportunity to try again. Failure may sting in the short run, but the thrill of succeeding washes that sting away. It feeds your quiet voice of truth.

Today, I challenge you to not listen to the doubter in you. Focus on what you know is right and pursue your dream.

What would you do if you were guaranteed to succeed? What can you do today to move closer to that dream?