Ok, I’m starting to think the “universe” or something is trying to tell me something because I keep finding these articles that hit me over the head with a mallet.
This blog post about career transitions for creatives is just perfect.
Back in my parents or maybe grandparents generation, what you did for a living was just your job, the way you earned an income. Now our work is seen as part of who we are. It helps define us in the eyes of others. I’m not saying that’s a good or bad thing, it’s just the way it is.
One of my personal struggles has been with negative self talk and story telling. I have a hard time remembering that simply because I’m telling myself something or spinning a narrative in my mine, doesn’t mean it’s actually true.
Inspect them [your stories] with curiosity and replace them with something true. I’ve been doing this continual work, and it’s enabled me to say ‘I love you’ to myself and mean it. That’s been a game-changer for me over the last decade. — Chris Jones
Comparison is another one. I will often compare my inside to everyone else’s outsides. It’s not a fair fight and you’ll never win. Social media in particular can make it look like everyone else has it figured out while you’re still failing and falling behind.
Anyway, read this article. If you do any kind of creative work for a living or as a hobby, it will help you push past some of your mental blocks. It’s nice to realize that everyone struggles with this stuff. It’s not just you.