We’re all faking it

June 18, 2012

Creativity, Experience

Do you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing? Like you’re just making it up as you go along? Like you’re a poser?

There’s a little nugget of wisdom that is supposed to help those of us feeling this way: Fake it ‘til you make it. News flash: you’re never going to feel like you’ve “made it.”

Not if you’re someone who is always learning and growing, improving and evolving, trying for something new and better. Climbing to the next level means you’re always stretching and feeling your way into unknown territory.

So get ready. Because what this means is you will forever feel like you’re not quite there, not quite good enough, not quite the expert that you should be or that you think someone else is.

The good news is we all feel this way. Everyone trying to push herself to do great work and make art feels uncertain. Have confidence that you will persevere through this moment, task, project and the anxiety will be replaced by excitement, joy and incredible satisfaction, only to return again as you stretch to the next step.

So if you’re not feeling uneasy and unprepared you might be stagnating. You may be sticking too close to the well-known routine. Is it time to take a tiny step forward into something new?

If you’re constantly plagued with uncertainty, sit with the feeling and get used to it. You’re in the right place.

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2 Comments on “We’re all faking it”

  1. nick Says:

    A photo teacher once told me, Great image, can you do it again ? Printing a perfect picture from a difficult negative was an accomplishment, doing it twice was mastering the craft for that image. Then on to the next. Starting over but with the added knowledge of the last.
    Nice story Gretchen , we do need to celebrate our successes and then try to repeat them. Luck or skill or move on.


    • gretchen Says:

      What’s a negative? Ha-just kidding. I like that idea of doing something a second time to make sure you really understand what you did and improve.


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