3 Steps to Combat Your Artist Self Doubt and Perfection Monster

Facing the Perfection Monster? Worse yet, the artist self doubt? Who hasn’t faced those at one point or another. I’ve been struggling a bit on the idea of blogging as an artist. Heck, with blogging in general. When I sit down to plan topics and articles, my mind completely blanks. I personally think it is because of my need for perfection. I struggle with perfection a lot. Even as an artist, I struggle with perfection and self criticism. Especially in areas that I’m not comfortable in, like blogging or finances. I am human after all. And my own artist self doubt is my worse enemy.

But I’m learning that if you strive for perfection, you will never put anything out there and always be faced with self doubt. Especially as an introvert. I constantly am under the idea that everything needs to be perfect if I am to be liked. Or that my artwork needs to be perfectly like someone else’s in order for it to be considered art. Even good enough to be art. See? Self doubt and the perfection monster go hand in hand. They tag team quite frequently.

Perfection is a state of mind. A personal one for that matter. But what happens when you are face to face with self doubt as an artist and the perfection monster in a duel to the end? Who wins? Who walks away?

I have some tips to combat that perfection monster and self doubt as an artist. They may not be perfect nor will they be for everyone. That’s your choice.

  1. When faced with the decision if something is done or not. Walk away. Let it marinate a few days and then come back to it. You may find that the additions you were thinking about adding are no longer relevant nor feel right. If you still feel it needs that one detail, add it and then be done.
  2.  Share your work! If you are unsure or looking for perfection. Show it. Post it on Facebook or on Instagram. Get it out there. Chances are that you may think it needs more, but everyone else thinks it’s perfect as is. Go with it!
  3.  Set it aside for a while. If you still have a feeling in the pit of your stomach that it just isn’t right. Set it aside. Just put it away and don’t think about it. Do something else! I guarantee when you stumble upon it again after a while, you will see it with new eyes. You may find that it’s been perfect all along.

There you have it. This is what I do when I am face to face with the Perfection Monster in a duel to the end. The big thing to remember is, perfection is a state of mind. What may be perfect to one, may not be to another.


I’d like to know how you deal with self doubt and the Perfection Monster. Leave your tips in the comments!

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