GOING SANE - trusting our creativity

Neutralize Self-Doubt

Week 2, Day 1 of The Artist's Way

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Today, let's neutralize self-doubt before it turns into self-sabotage.




Trusting our creativity is new behavior for many of us.

It may feel quite threatening initially, not only to us but also to our intimates. We may feel—and look—erratic. This erraticism is a normal part of getting unstuck, pulling free from the muck that has blocked us. It is important to remember that at first flush, going sane feels just like going crazy.

There is a recognizable eb and flow to the process of recovering our creative selves. As we gain strength, so will some of the attacks of self-doubt. This is normal, And we can deal with these stronger attacks when we see them as symptoms of recovery.

These attacks are groundless, but very convincing to ourselves. Buying into them enables us to remain stuck and victimized.

These attacks can come from either internal or external sources we can neutralize them once we recognize them as a sort of creative virus. Affirmations are a powerful antidote for self-hate, which commonly appears under the mask of self-doubt.

Do not let your self-doubt turn into self-sabotage.”

(The Artist's Way, 2016, p. 41 – 42)

I neutralize self-hate with self-love.

I neutralize self-hate with self-love.

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List 20 things you enjoy doing.

(rock climbing, rollerskating, baking pies, making soup, making love, making love again, riding a bike, riding a horse, playing catch, shooting baskets, going for a run, reading poetry, and so forth).

When was the last time you let yourself do these things? Next to each entry, place a date. Don't be surprised if it's been years for some of your favorites. That will change. This list is an excellent resource for artist dates.


All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones moving easily under the flesh.

– Doris Lessing


What is one thing you're inspired to do today?

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