A small reflection on the War of Art by Steven Pressfield

A small reflection on the War of Art by Steven Pressfield

‘’Self-doubt can be an ally. This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration. It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing, and desire, desire to do it. If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.’’

Maybe it is that fear we have, that fear of being judged that makes us improve every time. That fear of being laughed at or of biting of more than we can might be the fuel for improvement. This makes us read and re-read our work, search for tips, and think of ways in which our work could be flawed. We crave for improvement, as it is only then will our fear be reduced enough for us to show ourselves.

But taken to the extreme, is this fear not another form of resistance? The need to improve constantly, the need to go for perfection, that feeling, of just let me research a few more articles. Aren’t all those also a way for us to run away?

While I am referring to it here as fear, I believe that it is necessary, it is a way to always go in the direction of improving our work. If you harness it well it can be the torch that illuminates the way. But remember, flames can also harm you.

Accept this fear and use it, but try not to let it swallow you.

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