Recently, a few iCreateDaily community members shared their dissatisfaction with some of their art. It wasn’t perfect. Fear of imperfection, also known as ‘atelophobia‘, is common amongst creatives. Especially artists new to putting their work out into the world. And while you may not have this phobia, if you struggle with being satisfied with your work, this may help.
Anyone creating anything knows the resemblance to children… to how it is that your work is like your children… your babies. Indeed, sometimes, birthing your work into the world can be a painful process. Like a birthing, a simultaneously wonderful event, and one fraught with pain and uncertainties, hopes and dreams… and fear.
Being dissatisfied with your work is an actually a good thing. It means you’re right on track. Dissatisfaction is what keeps us moving upward and onward. Dissatisfaction fuels growth.
Conversely, being satisfied is also a good thing. Both are a part of the creator’s journey, so both can be welcomed and acknowledged for their place in your growth. Own it when you’re pleased. Change it when you’re not. It’s all a journey toward better.
“Satisfaction and dissatisfaction are both good. Own it when you’re pleased with you work. Change it when you’re not.”
~LeAura Alderson, author, podcaster, entrepreneur, co-founder-iCreateDaily