Fear. No one is without it. Fear. It’s instinctive. It keeps us safe but it is also what keeps us stuck. It’s answering the What If question without hope; without faith; without trust.
As artists, it’s the fear of rejection. It’s the fear of criticism. It’s the fear of exposing ourselves. It will happen. Rejection and criticism come with the territory. And exposing who we are is just part of it. So, as I said earlier, in order to overcome the fear, you’re going to have to learn to ignore the negative.
In order to ignore and overcome, faith and trust are needed. Faith that you have what it takes to achieve the success you have defined for yourself, and trust that you can handle the consequences until you do. It could take time.
Unfortunately, the timeline to success is not completely within your control. But you can control, what you do with your time. Begin to focus on what you do have control over…improving your skills, marketing, networking, finances.
A great technique in gaining faith and trust is the What If test. Ask yourself what you are afraid of. Then ask yourself what you would do should that happen? Then repeat the process until you realize you can handle the outcome, then step out into that fear.
It’s just like anything else. With each step you take toward that fear, your confidence grows. Faith grows. Faith in knowing that you know what you’re doing by following your path. Faith that you will be able to navigate that path. Faith that you will be ok. And with faith comes trust. Faith will trump fear.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. - Nelson Mandela