A reminder to choose confidence instead of self-doubt!
About this print:
- 9” x 12” fine art giclee print
- Printed on thick high quality, acid-free archival paper stock with an enhanced matte finish
- Reproduced from original acrylic painting by Caroline Kelso Winegeart
- Does not come with frame
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This piece was created as a part of my 2016 project #AbstractAffirmationsDaily where I share an abstract piece of art with a positive message every day. Here's the story that accompanies this piece, posted on 3/25/2016:
I’ve been thinking a lot about confidence today. When I started building my business as a self-taught graphic designer over 2 years ago, I doubted myself ALL THE TIME. Am I good enough? Why would anyone pay me? Will I ever make a real living doing this? Are my skills refined enough to call myself a REAL artist? Those were the thoughts that swirled in my head every day.
But, after a few months, I hit this point where I was EXHAUSTED from all the self-doubt. I was tired of rating myself on someone else’s scale. Making MY potential/worth about what THEY thought (“they” being everyone else.)
So I did something crazy out of sheer desperation: I DECIDED I was confident. I decided I was a designer. And an artist. And a writer. And whatever else I might DECIDE I wanted to be. I chose confidence over doubt because it honestly just felt less exhausting.
And the SUPER crazy part of it is… it worked.
I didn’t quite believe it at first, but I just kept choosing it over and over. When I submitted a design proposal. When I created a product. When I posted a photo of my lettering. I took whatever effort I would have spent on doubting myself and I chose instead to just… NOT. I don’t mean to simplify it, but it’s true.
If you sit around and wait for confidence to arrive, you’ll always be waiting. BUT, if instead, you realize that you can literally grant it to yourself, that you can simply DECIDE you’re good enough, right now, today, regardless of what you do or do not know… it will change your behavior. And once your behavior changes, people will RESPOND to you differently, and when people respond to you differently, suddenly that confidence that you chose will start to feel real. There are still times that I doubt myself and there always will be. But now the difference is that those times are moments, just blips on a radar compared to the rest of the time that I’m creating or writing or building. And all that other time, that’s spent DECIDING that I’m an artist, not doubting it. Remember, it CAN be this simple: you are what you DECIDE to be.