Knowing Your Abilities

Which feels more terrifying? A company rejecting your services, or a company hiring you and you don’t deliver your A-Game? Or you try your best, but nothing lives up to the client’s expectations.

Or what if, what if, what if, on and on and on to the point where you’re thinking way to hard about scenarios that haven’t happened yet and meanwhile the cursor in that e-mail you’re drafting is blinking away, mocking you, judging you.

Okay, maybe that last part is just me.

But seriously, this is a real issue. As creatives, we’re terrified that we’ll be uncovered as frauds. Especially those of us relatively new to the field. You have to work long and hard to eventually feel confident enough in your abilities, and that could take years – depending on the type of person you are.

So how do we cope with that fear? Well, that’s different for everyone. What I think works is to know your abilities.

You should know what skills you have, what projects you’ve done, and what you enjoy doing. Knowing your abilities is similar to knowing your limits. However, many people tend to place very conservative limitations on themselves. They say, “I can never do this,” or “I don’t know how to do that,” and so they self-sabotage and give in to the fear of failure.

In knowing your abilities, you acknowledge what you’ve learned thus far, and what you are capable of learning and doing as you progress. We never stop learning, after all, and in the age of Skillshare, Lynda.com, and other online training resources, we can’t say that we’re completely limited. Not really.

So understand your abilities, and don’t be afraid to tackle new projects and new clients. Besides, sitting around and being afraid never made anyone any money. Right?

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