I had an email this week asking me for a bit of advice about self criticism. This is really hard to deal with and the harder you are on yourself, the harder you get. Its a vicious circle that gets worse and worse. Harsh del-criticism is a really bad habit, just like crack cocaine or smoking. the more you do it the more the habit gets ingrained into your daily routine.
Snapping out it is hard. Its a 24 hour a day battle against something that doesn’t want to go away. Don’t be hard on yourself. look always for the positive and ask that critical voice if it has anything constructive to say. If it hasn’t ignore it and then look for the positive in your work or the situation you are in. Criticism is a waste of time unless it adds something. if it doesn’t add, don’t do it and ignore the little voices in your head – and the voices of others who don’t understand or maybe don’t have tour best interests at heart.
You know you are creative, you want to make and create things, but where does your true heart lie? It can take a while to find out, but sitting on the fence won’t get you there. Just have a go at everything that interests you (plus things that don’t) and you will know when you get that “homecoming” feeling. That’s life telling you that this is your true path.
For those of you who have asked before, this also includes a bit of biography about me.