Overcoming the Fear of Creating

overcoming the fear of creating

You all probably noticed that I didn’t post anything on Sharifa Creates during July with the exception of one YouTube video. Crazy, right?! That was a first in the history of my blog. I experienced a bit of a creative road block. The month started and I didn’t feel inspired to make anything. I would brainstorm a few DIY projects only to abandon the list. Other times, I would start a project and not complete it. It was as if I was drained of my creative energy.

Why was it so hard to create? Well, it’s something that every creative struggles with – the fear of creating. I feared that my work wasn’t good enough, and doubted myself so much that I stopped making stuff altogether. It was sad, but as you can see my fears didn’t last too long because I’m back to blogging.

Halfway through July I started creating again. It was rough. My craft projects weren’t too pretty and took longer than normal to finish. It took some time for me to get back in the groove. But, I kept working and after a while, I had a whole month worth of creative content ready to share with you all.

The big question you probably have is how I overcame my fear of creating. There were three things I had to do and I believe they will help everyone at a creative roadblock. Keep reading to find out what I did.

P.S. In addition to doing these three things, I made it a point to meditate on certain scripture along the way that encouraged and motivated me. I’ve included them in the blog post for you.

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Progress cannot be made if you don’t at least start. You don’t need state of the art equipment or the support of anyone to begin creating. If you believe in yourself and do what you can with what you have, you will go a long way.

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Ecclesiastes 11:4 (The Living Bible)

Be persistent.

Rejection, fear and situations beyond your control will happen and cause delay in your progress, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Take a moment to gather your thoughts, then get up and keep pushing forward.

“Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne! So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.” Hebrews 12:1-3 (Contemporary English Version)

Be patient with yourself.

It takes time to develop your craft. Be patient with yourself and keep trying even when your work leaves you unsatisfied. The more you practice the better you get. Also, let go of the idea that your work has to be perfect. Perfection is not attainable, but you can be at peace with what you create by working diligently and free from judgement.

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Take 15 minutes today to read, write down and meditate on this scripture: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 1 Corinthians 12:9 (New International Version)

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