Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a slump. As much as I want to, I can’t seem to make myself produce creatively the way I usually do. I’ve been letting Netflix take over my saxophone practice time, I’ve been avoiding my favorite Chicago jam sessions, I’ve been letting post ideas for MAL go by the wayside. This all can be followed back to a root cause: for some reason, I don’t feel like anything I attempt will be good enough.
This is a ridiculous way of going about things, of course. If I don’t produce, I’ll get rusty, and the things I produce won’t be good enough. But if I’m rusty, I’m afraid what I produce won’t be good enough, so I don’t produce. And on and on.
I know a lot of artistic people feel this way periodically. Maki’s AI last week really hit that home for me. A professor of mine in college shared this video clip in a class once, and it has always resonated with me during slumps like this:
What does your little hater tell you? What approaches do you take to tell it to STFU?
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