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12 Ways Fear Stops Creatives Dead In Their Tracks

Mike Roy
Mike Roy

See the full blog post here: http://artistmyth.com/12-ways-fear-stops-artists-dead-tracks/ Fear can kill creativity... and the ability to be effective in our business. Here are twelve ways that fear paralyzes us, keeping us from success. (See solutions and ideas to how you can beat those fears in the slideshow...enjoy!) 1. Fear Of Criticism Criticism is when people comment on our art in a negative way. 2. Fear of Apathy Apathy is when people don’t have any reaction to our work at all. 3. Fear of Failure Ok, we all know what Failure is. Another way to say it is…CRASHING AND BURNING. 4. Fear of Success Believe it or not, many of us are afraid of actually succeeding. This can make us stand out, or make people close to us feel that we’re better than them. 5. Fear of Exposure Many artists are very shy, not wanting to stand out. Exposure is a fear much like stage fright. Our instincts treat it like a real, physical danger. 6. Fear of Commitment Also the fear of making decisions. We’re afraid to commit to a course of action because we want to keep our options open. 7. Fear of Copying Of course we shouldn’t copy, but many of us go to the extreme and become paranoid that anything we do has been already done before. 8. Fear of Being Copied Our instinct is to jealously guard our ideas like they’re gold... and we often go to extremes to avoid being imitated. 9. Fear of Being Misunderstood We hate when we put out something we worked so hard on, and people just don’t get it. 10. Fear of Disappointment It is natural to avoid pain... so we might go out of our way to try to prevent disappointment. 11. Fear of Ridicule This is the fear of being dismissed, scorned, or made fun of in a contemptuous way. 12. Fear of Deadlines Procrastination is not an effective weapon against this fear... Fear can’t be battled with the lack of fear... it can only be defeated with Bravery. BRAVERY is being able to act in the presence of fear. We are equipped to face our monsters...and tame them. What fears hold you back from making your best art? Let me know at mike@artistmyth.com. I’m an artist and coach who loves to help other artists break down the barriers that hold them back from having the creative careers and businesses they want. I would love to hear from you. Would you like to see more? Join the Artist Mythmakers for free at artistmyth.com/join and get a FREE starter kit that you can use to improve your art business.

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12 Ways Fear Stops Creatives Dead In Their Tracks

  • 1. fear 12 ways stops creatives DEAD in their tracks
  • 2. Fear can kill creativity... and the ability to be effective in our business.
  • 3. Here are twelve ways that fear paralyzes us, keeping us from success.
  • 5. Criticism is when people comment on our art in a negative way.
  • 6. The Solution Filter out the invalid comments, and let in only the constructive ones that can help us improve.
  • 7. 02 fear of apathy
  • 8. Apathy is when people don’t have any reaction to our work at all.
  • 9. The Solution Be different, stand out from the pack. Also, make sure you get it in front of enough people.
  • 10. 03 fear of failure
  • 11. Ok, we all know what Failure is. Another way to say it is... crashing and burning.
  • 12. The Solution Everybody’s success is the result of lots of failure. Give yourself permission to fail... and try again.
  • 14. Believe it or not, many of us are afraid of actually succeeding. This can make us stand out, or make people close to us feel that we’re better than them.
  • 15. The Solution Reinforce to them that you’re still the same you, and you value your relationship. But don’t let it stop your progress.
  • 16. 05 fear of exposure
  • 17. Many artists are very shy, not wanting to stand out. Exposure is a fear much like stage fright. Our instincts treat it like a real, physical danger.
  • 18. The Solution Foster a habitual self-dialogue that is aimed at dispelling feelings of real danger... tell yourself that you’re safe, and that the audience actually wants you to succeed.
  • 19. 06 fear of commitment
  • 20. Also the fear of making decisions. We’re afraid to commit to a course of action because we want to keep our options open.
  • 21. The Solution Ask yourself, “Do I believe in this? Is it worth doing?” If so, then go for it and don’t hold back.
  • 22. 07 fear of copying
  • 23. Of course we shouldn’t copy, but many of us go to the extreme and become paranoid that anything we do has been already done before.
  • 24. The Solution In truth, everything is a remix of other stuff. DO aim for originality, but don’t worry that you will be sued or branded a plagiarist.
  • 25. fear of being copied 08
  • 26. Our instinct is to jealously guard our ideas like they’re gold... and we often go to extremes to avoid being imitated.
  • 27. The Solution Don’t hinder yourself or those you work with by fearing copycats. It may happen - but think abundantly, you have many more ideas inside you.
  • 28. 09 fear of being misunderstood
  • 29. We hate when we put out something we worked so hard on, and people just don’t get it.
  • 30. The Solution Work on the clarity of your message...and if your intended core audience understands, then you’re okay.
  • 31. fear of 10 disappointment
  • 32. It is natural to avoid pain... so we might go out of our way to try to prevent disappointment.
  • 33. The Solution Realize the failure to act will result in disappointment anyway... in the form of regret that you may not be able to fix.
  • 35. This is the fear of being dismissed, scorned, or made fun of in a contemptuous way.
  • 36. The Solution You’re creating for your true fans, and they would never ridicule you. Take some criticism, but don’t accept ridicule.
  • 37. 12 fear of deadlines
  • 38. Procrastination is not an effective weapon against this fear...
  • 39. The Solution Embrace the deadline, anticipate it and front-load the work. By acting you don’t give fear a foothold, and you may finish early.
  • 40. remember: Fear can’t be battled with the lack of fear... it can only be defeated with Bravery.
  • 41. BRAVERY is being able to act in the presence of fear.
  • 42. we are equipped to face our monsters... ...and tame them!
  • 43. what fears hold you back from making your best art? Let me know at mike@artistmyth.com. I’m an artist and coach who loves to help other artists break down the barriers that hold them back from having the creative careers and businesses they want. I would love to hear from you.
  • 44. Would you like to see more? Join the Artist Mythmakers for free at ArtistMyth.com/join and get a FREE starter kit you can use to improve your art business.
  • 47. movie credits (To the best of my knowledge, all movies are currently in the public domain in the U.S.A. or are production stills in public domain.) Slides 1, 10, 25, 31, 37, 40, 44, 45: Night Of The Living Dead, 1968 Slide 3: M, 1931 Slide 7: Plan 9 From Outer Space, 1959 Slide 13: The Exorcist, 1973 Slides 16, 19, 22: Nosferatu, 1922 Slide 28: Phantom of the Opera, 1925 Slide 34: Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla, 1952 Slide 42: The Wolfman, 1941 See these and other public domain movies free at https://archive.org/details/SciFi_Horror