Fear of failing, Procrastination & being a maker...
Fear of failing and procrastination... most of us are stopped but these traits in our lives... they stop us in obvious and sometimes not so obvious ways. As a maker, fear of failing and not being good enough stops me from finishing many of my projects and lets face it… how can you have fun making and learning when you're only looking at the success or failure at the end.
I found myself facing this issue the other night when on a live stream I talked myself out of finishing a project I was showcasing because I convinced myself I wasn't good enough to get it finished. I didn’t realise what I was doing at the time, but in reflection I worked it out and it really upset me that my ugly old friend had reared it’s evil head again.
In the maker space we have so much choice, so many different crafts, mediums and avenues we can create in that often too much choice leaves us polarised and unable to make a decision on what to work on next.
Then the “lack of time” internal dialogue starts up and suddenly we stop in the middle of a project or don’t even start it - why bother when we don't have the time to finish it anyway? Right?
I think it’s important, at least for me, to recognise when I am failing due to lack of knowledge and when I am failing due to fear of looking bad or other non-genuine reasons.
That is something I am going to try to be more honest with myself about going forward as a maker as fear and procrastination really puts a rain cloud on the joy of learning and making.
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