This is kind of a hard post for me to make public on my blog since I do have an active Etsy shop, but I am going to make it public for the sake of other people who may be struggling.
Recently, I’ve been struggling with a flare-up of self-doubt – Especially when it comes to the creations I make for my Etsy shop.
Maybe it’s because I can see myself getting better at what I do, but I’ve been so tempted to remove some items from my shop completely, or lower the price of them because, in my mind, they just aren’t as good as some of my more recent creations.
And then there are days where I wonder if I’m even good enough to be selling any of them at all.
I’ve heard from a few different artists that this is a common problem that they have.
Artists have a tendency to under-value their work, and also tend to be overly-critical of themselves. I really have been needing to keep this in mind, and it’s a thing that I constantly need to remind myself of.
I do believe that I do good work, and need to remember that everybody can improve their crafts. Even the artists who I look up to.
Last year I bought a book to help me tackle my own self-doubt. It’s called “Playing Big – Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead” – By Tara Mohr. I heard about it a while back when I heard a podcast in which Tara was a guest. I wish I could remember what Podcast it was. If I can find it, I’ll update this post with a link to it, but I digress. 🙂
I never finished reading this book, but I’m going to start reading it again as my self-doubt is creeping back. The bit I did read was inspiring, and I need to rekindle that feeling in myself. In case you struggle with self-image issues and seeing your own potential, this is a fantastic book.
Anyway, I’d love to hear what you have to say on the subject. I don’t think I’m the only one. It’s a topic that isn’t discussed often at all. For a while I thought that maybe I was the only one, but I was relieved to find that people who I consider experts at their craft even struggle with it.
So in case you haven’t heard this yet, you are not alone in feeling self doubt when it comes to the work you make and share with the public. For some people these feelings keep them from putting their work out there. I think it takes a lot of bravery to start an Etsy shop, or to post your work for the public to see, but it is so worth it.
Edit: I wrote about my self-doubt last year as well. In this blog post, I mentioned this exact same book and the podcast in case you’re interested. It’s been over a year and I still remember it, so it obviously made a pretty big impact. 🙂