Whether you’re an artist or not, you probably have moments of self doubt and uncertainty.
I know I do.
I’ve found that when I’m in a fog and feeling stressed out, a good quote can magically lift my spirits and put me on the right path again.
One of my all time favorite books is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. As I was skimming through her book again, reading all of my underlined favorite revelations, I realized that you’d probably love to read them too.
Here are 10 of my favorite quotes from The Artist’s Way to help with self doubt, uncertainty and creative blocks:
“In order to be an artist, I must remember that it is my job to do the work, not judge the work.”
“We say we are scared by failure, but what frightens us more is the possibility of success.”
“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.”
“The perfectionist writes, paints, creates with one eye on her audience. Instead of enjoying the process, the perfectionist is constantly grading the results.”
“A book is never finished. But at a certain point you stop writing it and go on to the next thing.”
“Part of the game here is lining up the masters and measuring our baby steps against their perfected craft. We don’t compare our student films to George Lucas’s student films. Instead we compare them to Star Wars. We deny that in order to do something well we must first be willing to do it badly.”
“Usually, when we say we can’t do something, what we mean is that we won’t do something unless we can guarantee that we’ll do it perfectly.”
“We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures… Take a risk a day – one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it.” (Susan Jeffers)
“Jealousy is always a mask for fear: fear that we aren’t able to get what we want; frustration that somebody else seems to be getting what is rightfully ours even if we are too frightened to reach for it.”
Feel free to print these up and put them somewhere so you can see them daily.
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