We may not be afraid that the Baskerville capital letter “G” is going to chase us down the street into a dark alley, but we are all afraid of things as creatives.
Fear limits your productivity, it stifles your imagination, and it can be paralyzing if you don’t recognize it in yourself.
Unproductive & Productive Fears
The most unproductive fear by far is the fear of failure.
Not reaching a goal or making mistakes is not failing, it’s just learning how to get better by using our past experiences.
How to use your fear
The idea behind using our fears is to find something that we can do differently to control that fear.
Use your fear, use it to make you work harder, to think more critically and use it to build your confidence by not letting it control you.
Courage as a creative is one of the most priceless traits to work towards achieving. It takes intense courage to do what we do. As designers/artists/creatives, we take what’s inside of us and pour it out on some kind of medium for all the world to see. We design, we write and paint, we make things that have a little piece of ourselves and we put it out not always knowing what will happen. That is creative courage, and it will never come if you let your fear hold you back. Using those productive fears will make us brave.
The thing that we gain from using our fear and not letting it use us, is courage.
I am writing this as a reminder to myself as well. I have a fear of imperfection. I am that person who will attempt to work out a design until it is as close to perfect as I can and that usually does more harm (stress-wise) than good. I have had to learn to embrace my fear to a productive end. Putting out something that might not be perfect in my own eyes has caused me to grow in my creative courage.
Be Courageous, not Fearless
Courageousness isn’t not being fearless, it’s being fearful and still moving forward knowing that you are in control and that nothing but yourself can stop you.
Create not only in spite of your fears, but in answer to them.