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The Fear of Insufficiency

There’s nothing that plagues a creative process more than a fear of “getting it wrong”, or worse, that in having tried our hardest we will still come up short of expectations. The harsh reality for most creatives is that our work – on a daily basis – forces us to stare into the depths of our own insufficiency and do an analysis of our courage to persevere in the face of self-doubt and inhibition.

Left unchecked, this fear of insufficiency can lead to paralysis and depression. (In some extreme cases, it can actually have significant health effects as well.) I believe it’s a primary source of creative block, underperformance and disengagement in the workplace.

Here’s some truth: you are perfectly sufficient to engage in your work today. Don’t allow the fear of failure to rob you of the possibility of success. Failure is only permanent when you stop working or allow fear to keep you from trying at all.

It’s better to know your limits than to live with the delusion of invulnerability. You can work with limits, and grow them. Self-delusion, however, is permanent and deadly.

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