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5 Major Things That Stop You From Creating

“Creativity takes courage”- Henri Matisse

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Let’s cut to the case.

Being an artist isn’t as easy as you presumed, and I think you know that by now. 

Whether you are a painter, a singer or a writer, you need to continually learn more about your craft. You need to hone your skill by practicing constantly lest it becomes rusty. And one way to practice is to create.

Since you’re an artist or you at least want to be one, you must create.

According to Paulo Coelho in his book, The Alchemist, he said, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,”

But the reverse is your case. There is a conspiracy and sadly it’s against you. It soles the motive is to see that you don’t create and make sure you quit being an artist. 

The question is do you want to quit?

If the answer is NO. Then you must put an end to the conspiracy.

To do so, you must unveil the conspirators. 

In this post, I would help you unveil the conspirators that hinder you from creating. I know putting a stop to their conspiracy wouldn’t be a problem after that.

Let’s begin, shall we?

These identified culprits are:

Procrastination

This is the major conspirator both experienced and new artists are confronted with. 

The lure to put things away and do it some other time stop and hinders you from creating. 

For you to create, you need to do so in spite of the urge to procrastinate. 

If you can’t, that’s a real problem.

Perfectionism

Often times you measure and compare yourself with the authorities in your field. 

They are perfect (at least to you), they create contents that has volume. 

And if your content is not perfect, you fuss over it, spending unnecessarily to perfect it. And if it’s not, you put it aside in frustration, you don’t share it to the world. 

Why? 

Because you fear you would be bashed for creating an “imperfect” content.

Poor Time Management

Most artists say, “I want to create more content but there is no time”.

Let me be frank with you here, you would never get more than the 24hours everybody has. 

You either spend it on some other things or on something valuable. 

To create, you must make time for your craft. 

As an artist, time is valuable to you, and you cannot afford to waste it.

Lack of commitment

Commitment is one thing every artist must have. 

If you can’t commit to your craft, you can’t create, you can’t take it seriously. 

At first, an artist might feel a rush of enthusiasm running in his pores when he starts a project. However, this enthusiasm most times is short-lived. 

This is when commitment comes into play.

Self-Doubt

Raise your hand if any of this sounds familiar.

As you set out to create something, a voice keeps hammering in your head that you can’t pull it off, that you need to stop. 

You listened and stopped. 

This has happened to every artist more than once. It’s normal to doubt yourself, but what ’s not is to doubt yourself for long. 

Long enough to give in to your doubt.

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As an artist, it’s normal for you to be faced with obstacles in your craft. How you tackle it matters a lot. And since I’ve unveiled the culprits, I trust that you’re going to deal with them for good.

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