Do you feel like your creativity is inhibited by your perfectionism? Or that your creativity is hindered because of fear? You’re not alone. Most artists and entrepreneurs feel the same way you do right now–at least at some point along their creative journey.
As creators, making stuff for others to experience is part of our calling. Yet we can still become paralyzed by the thought of looking like an amateur. We think, “If it isn’t perfect, what’s the point?” Or, “Someone else can probably do it better.” Even worse we get worried, “What if it sucks?”
The unavoidable truth of creativity is that we must fail and learn before we succeed and create something meaningful. It’s the nature of the beast and the only antidote to perfectionism.
But rather than battling the negative voices and self-doubt on your own, what if you could be supported on your journey?
That’s where James Victore comes in.
In his class The NEW Feck Perfuction, author and artist James Victore teaches creatives to embrace their imperfections, take risks, and openly fail often. This is because, according to Victore, it is by persevering through these challenges and discovering our true selves that we begin to create work worth sharing.
Every creative person has a fear. It could be the fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough, or even worse–the fear of success. In his class, Victore explores how to stop holding yourself back from these fears and instead learn to let go in favor of being true to who you are as a creator.
In fact, according to Victore, fear itself, is not a bad thing–we all have it.
“But the few brave ones, both companies, and individuals, who risk comfort and safety for a chance at beauty or being able to move someone — they have a potential to gain so much more.”James Victore
One of the most common fears for creatives is rejection. But rejection is part of the job, no matter how talented you are. In his class, Victore teaches students to use every rejection as an opportunity to improve rather than obstacle to overcome. By identifying the fear of rejection, he empowers students ask themselves what they can learn from the inevitable “no’s” that come with creating.
In The NEW Feck Perfuction, Victore helpspeople discover their inner creativity and explore the boundaries of what they can achieve. But in order to do so, you must build confidence in your work. The best way to do it? Through action, Victore says. It is only through action, even before you’re ready, that confidence is built. Or as Victore puts it in his class, “We don’t get confidence and then create. We create and build confidence through that.”
Habits are actions learned by repetition. Meaning, we become our habits, whether we realize it or not. From the thoughts we have about our creativity to actions we take to reinforce those thoughts–our brains are wired to create habits. Victore says the best way to create positive habits that fuel your creativity and quiet your perfectionism is to have awareness. It is not until we are aware of our automatic response, that we can start to change them.
Want to learn more about how to manage your perfectionism and conquer your creative fears? Watch James Victore’s class The NEW Feck Perfuction when you subscribe to the Creator Pass.