Do You Think Your Creative Ideas Suck?

The first necklace I ever made.  What a beauty.

The first necklace I ever made. What a beauty.

You’re not alone. Mine suck, too. Let’s be depressed together. Sniffle. Look sad. Be as pathetic as you can possibly be. There now. Feel better?

I do.

Except I’m still obsessing over the title of this article and how much it sucks.

You thought you were going to make a creative masterpiece and now, upon closer inspection, it looks like it belongs in the trash.

Possible reasons you think your art belongs in the garbage art heaven:

  • You are worried what your office cubicle buddies would think if they saw your drawings.
  • Your family will think you’ve gone off the deep end for making a collages out of butterscotch wrappers, green glitter and twine. You probably have but I’m not judging.
  • Your dad would really flip if he heard those not-so-good-girl lyrics you wrote on your guitar last night.
  • Your millions (okay 6) blog fans might wonder if you were taking valium when you posted that horrifically boring article on lavender scented scones.

I get it. We worry what everyone else will think and that’s why we do (or don’t do) many things in our lives.

Well, quit it. Right now.

What would happen if you stopped caring what people think?

First, let’s get the worst “what ifs” out of the way. You may want to sit down for this. Grab a beverage flask. Deep breath.

What If #1: Your creation really does suck. Seriously – you made that? What in the world were you thinking?!

Ok – WHO CARRESSSSS. If it is ugly, sounds bad, looks bad, too boring, too over the top. Who. Friggin. Cares. You tried. You’ll get better. You’ll get worse and then get better. Just keep going. Sometimes the worst ideas inspire the best ones.

Don't be scared. My first ceramic masterpiece. Cut me some slack. I was in kindergarten. You can't see it but you'd be impressed with the purple hair I made on the back of his head.

Don’t be scared. My first ceramic masterpiece. Cut me some slack. I was in kindergarten. You can’t see it but you’d be impressed with the purple hair I made on the back of his head.

I think I thought Macy's would be banging down my door to mass market these bad boys.

I think I thought Macy’s would be banging down my door to mass market these bad boys.

What If #2: You creative idea is not bad. You like it. A few others like it. But it never really amounts to anything. You had big plans. You were going to be famous!!! Cut to: 10 years later and, as much as you tried, you were shocked to discover that not many people were interested in buying painted feather necklaces.

So what. Did you learn anything? Did you enjoy it? If you didn’t have fun making feather necklaces but did it anyway – we’ve got other issues to talk about. Hopefully, you enjoyed the last 10 years of your life and – hey – you got to put your husband’s “allergy” to feathers to the test. You always wondered if he was fibbing.

What If #3: You hit The Big Time. You wrote the coolest, hippest, off-da-hook script that any upturned nose Hollywood agent has ever seen. They fly you out to Los Angeles and fight over your script with their shiny, manicured, latte-smelling fingers. This. Is. It. Holy schmoly your career is taking off! But wait – they give you an option deal, write you a check for 10K and… they decide not to purchase it. Sure, you get to keep your money, but no movie deal. You try and push the script around some more. No interest. You never sell anything again.

First – get over yourself. Good job! Give yourself the credit you deserve and don’t focus on the negative. If this doesn’t prove you have what it takes, nothing will. See first paragraph of this article and stop your sniveling. Don’t get me wrong – I get that you worked hard and it seems it was for nothing and that does suck. You can take it out on your grandchildren by telling them your 15 minutes of fame story over and over and over.

Stop caring what people think. See, I’m not even going to change the title of this article to prove to you how strong I am.

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