I can’t tell you the number of times I looked at these photos of La Salie in the Bay of Arcachon, wondering if they were worth sharing.
To this date, I still don’t know but I have decided to let go. Self-doubt is a bummer isn’t it!?
I wasn’t convinced you could take something away from a ‘travel post’ about La Salie although it is such a beautiful spot, I really wanted to share it with you.
Saying this, I’m hoping that you will take away something completely different…solutions to deal with self-doubt.
Since I’ve gone freelance, I had a few days like today.
Writing a new book of our lives is never easy, not impossible but always a bit challenging and certainly something that will take us out of our comfort zone, which is why I loved Courtney’s interview so much and I have zero-tolerance for women criticising other women online. So how we do this!?
First, it is important to remember that once in a while, we are all plagued with self-doubt and like procrastination it is something that really feels like a waste of time, energy and leaves a bitter taste.
It doesn’t mean that you’re useless or bad at what you’re doing. Having self-doubt means you are human and I like to think there is a beauty in this, a temporary fragility that will make us stronger.I once posted my own version of the Creative Process. It’s far too early in the day for no 6 and I’m no-where near no 1 or 3. In fact, I’m on no 7: it doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter if it’s irrelevant or un-inspiring, what does matter is that we let go of trying to get it right each time. It’s just impossible to achieve great things constantly and it’s ok.
Let go of things, of the rules in your mind, just throw yourself out there and see what happens…Yes you may think what you’ve done is not good enough, maybe it isn’t but maybe it is….You don’t know this until you’ve shared things and if what you’ve done is really not good enough, what does it matter?! I often found that the day I procrastinate a lot is often followed by an extremely productive evening. Think of self-doubt as what you need to then achieve great things afterwards.
Use whatever you have inside you to do things. Some of the best love songs have been written on the back of despair, hurt and sadness. Use all your emotions to fuel your creativity.
Steve once told me to be like a reed by the river, a plant that gets pushed around a lot by the weather but never breaks (yes…falling in love with him 19 years ago was no mistake). I’ve always loved the image of the reed that bends but never breaks, the same way I use the analogy of the seasons to deal with things in Life (loss, grief, happiness…). Nothing is permanent, everything else comes and goes and it is important to embrace this. So here we go…this post about La Salie has landed in a totally different direction but I hope, going forward, you will look at self-doubt in a completely new light :-)