Fear of falling is a major concern for us. It’s impossible to avoid failure.
No matter how brilliant or successful you are, you will meet with failure at some point.
Failure is something we dread more than success. We’re worried that no one will buy our work. We’re worried that as a musician we won’t be able to support ourselves. We’re worried that our gallery display won’t go well. These anxieties mount to the point where we become immobilized. Giving up is the result of all of this failure.
Fear of failing can put a stop to your growth.
You choose to be safe rather than push yourself. You produce work that is visually identical to that of dozens of other artists. You don’t try anything new because you’re afraid no one will like it.
What hope do we have of achieving our goals if we are so afraid of failing? We need to think like a startup. Startups don’t care if they fail or not. If one of their ideas doesn’t work, they reevaluate and try something else. As a result, progress is made rather than stagnation. You shouldn’t intentionally aim to fail, but you also shouldn’t be terrified of failing when you do something new or risky. This kind of thinking can help you learn from your failures and become better at what you do much more quickly than you might otherwise.
Accept failure as a necessary component of growth.
Innovate and be prepared for some of your efforts to fail
Take notes on what worked and what didn’t, and make changes to your approach.
Decide what works instead of giving up or failing to try.
We’re also afraid of success.
Although it seems contradictory, fear of achievement is one of the most common phobias people have. “I’m not afraid of success,” you may think to yourself. Even if you don’t think that way, you’ll discover evidence of it all around you if you dig deep enough.
The “What Ifs” are a popular approach to meet anxiety of success. What if my concepts are copied and pasted? What if I’m unable to devote time to creating art? What if I have no idea what to charge for my artwork?
They keep us from getting things done because there are so many what-ifs. We’re more worried about what will happen if we achieve than if we fail. Change is necessary for success. It’s easy for most of us to continue doing things the way we have for years. We are at ease in our skin. If you want to overcome your fear of failure, you have to think that you can achieve it first.
Put an end to the self-questioning and focus on producing the greatest work possible. Let go of the self-doubt and have faith in your abilities. Doubt will increase as you progress through life’s stages. It only makes sense.
As a result, the most we can do is draw inspiration from those who had gone before us and succeeded. Please don’t walk in their footsteps. It’s not going to work in your case. To avoid making the same mistakes as others, learn from other people’s mistakes. Those who actively pursue success will eventually find it, so get out there and carve out your path.
Actions to be taken include:
Define what you mean by success.
Instead of wasting time on things that don’t work, try something new.
Do things that make you uncomfortable to get you out of your comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid to try new things and fail if you do. The only other option is a failure.
We’re afraid of hard work.
Making a living as an artist should be a piece of cake.
You don’t have to follow orders from a superior. Before a project is accepted, you do not have to submit it up the management chain. You’re not required to wear a suit and tie to work. Sadly, this does not imply that being an artist is a simple task.
Every day is a new challenge when you’re an artist. What is your creative process? What resources do you use to locate potential customers? To avoid undervaluing oneself, what should the price of your art be? Some of the questions artists ask themselves daily include the ones listed above.
We shrink and avoid these things like the plague rather than accepting the difficulties and hard labor that come with being an artist. Often, we tell ourselves things like, “I shouldn’t have put my stuff out there. People will find my work if it’s good enough.” We believe that by releasing quality work, we free ourselves from coming up with new ideas. Because “I am fine the way I am,” we shouldn’t have to undertake any studies or enhance our talents.
All of these are convenient reasons to put off doing the work that has to be done. Doing nothing isn’t going to help you improve. The only way to make more money as an artist is to get out there and sell your work. In this digital age, if you want to be a great artist, you have to hustle.
Things to do:
Examine the works of the masters and other notable artists. Investigate how you might improve or adapt their work for use on your own.
Do something every day, no matter how bad your ideas are.
Find the people who would be interested in your work and get to know them.
Asking inquiries to your customers will help your business grow. Find out what makes your work appealing to them.
We’re afraid of being ourselves.
We artists are apprehensive about exposing our actual selves to the world. We allow the rest of the world to determine who we are and what we can accomplish. The same thing may be seen on a variety of artist websites all over the internet. There will be a gallery of work as one of the links. There will be a list of accomplishments in the form of a CV on one of the links. A statement by the artist, for example, will be included as one of the links.
This is the public image that all artists strive to achieve. When we do the same thing over and over again, how come we can’t seem to connect with anyone? What is it about artists that intrigues people so much? For what reason do we keep doing the same thing and expecting things to turn out differently?
You must put yourself out there if you want to be noticed in the world at large, not just in art. The notion of the hungry artist has persisted for centuries, and it’s easy to see why. We won’t get various outcomes if we all try to follow the same rules, which don’t work. Don’t listen to other artists or the rest of society when showing yourself to the world; set your standards.
Put yourself out there instead, and watch what happens. What sets you apart from the rest of the crowd? It’s the little things that set you apart from the rest of the pack as an artist. Many artists do similar things to what you are doing, but your work will stand out if you are sensitive and open about your narrative.
Figure out what makes your work of art stand out. What distinguishes your work from that of other artists?
Take a look at your life’s tales and how they relate to those around you. When learning, people like to do it from those who are similar to themselves.
Don’t be afraid to let people know who you are. Make a statement with your voice.
Allow your interests in areas other than art to have an impact on your work.
We’re afraid to release work that isn’t perfect.
When we’re youngsters, we do everything we can to earn perfect marks on our assignments and exams.
To achieve that elusive perfect score, we studied for many hours, delving over every detail of the subject. We were always told how smart we were when we got an A on a test.
Because of the early indoctrination of the idea of perfection by society, we’ve become obsessive perfectionists. We are the most critical of our work. Every one of us strives for perfection in the work we produce. Even though others think our job is excellent, we will not release it into the wild unless it meets our exacting standards.
There is no such thing as perfection, and that’s a fact. When famous artist Salvador Dali declared, “Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it,” he also recognized this.
We must not allow the pursuit of perfection to stand in the way of our greatness. As a result, even if we don’t reach perfection, we can still attain excellence. As soon as your work is ready for public consumption, you will know. It’s time to let go when you detect the tiniest error in your career.
Try to create more work instead of striving to master a single one. We can only improve and progress if we are constantly developing. Try new things with your artwork. It has the potential to lead to amazing outcomes. Let go of the need to be perfect.
Things to do:
Release work that isn’t perfect.
When creating art, don’t be scared to leave a few mistakes behind.
Instead of criticizing a single piece, create new stuff.
Try new things and work on projects you’re not sure about. That’s the only way to improve yourself.