In my current creative writing class, we’re discussing fear. We were asked what are we afraid of as far as our writing, and what have we done to combat these fears? It’s almost disheartening to read these submissions about fear. Some examples are, “I fear rejection.” “My writing won’t be good enough or original enough.” “What if I’m no good?” “I’ve got nothing new to say.”
These are real and very common fears. I think any artist, or anyone who wants to achieve a big dream has fears and self-doubt. These fears can be overwhelming – enough to caused creative paralysis. Trust me, I get it. I’ve experienced that paralysis and it’s no fun.
I think most of us are afraid of failure in one way or another. And some of us are afraid of success. Whatever the outcome, I don’t want to be ruled by fear. I don’t want to be paralyzed thinking I can’t do this.
Ways to Combat Fear
So, how do we combat fear? Here are some thoughts:
- Take a step forward. Don’t stay immobile.
- Do it again tomorrow.
One of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Timothy 1:7 (CSB): For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
That fear you’re feeling? It’s not from God. Think about that.
Where do you go from here?
Where do you go from here? Make the best decision you can, and take the next step. If something goes wrong, then regroup, and try again. But don’t stay still.
One of my favorite motivating quotes is “where do you want to be one year from now?” I don’t want to be stagnant. Whether I fail or succeed, at least I will have done something. Anything. And maybe along the way, I will have overcome my own fears.
What are your thoughts?
What about you? How do you combat fear? I’d love to hear from you.