Artists and musicians know the feeling. From my observance, as well as my experience, it seems to have a comfortable place in many of our daily thought processes. When you're in the business of sharing your soul with the world through art, fear comes with the territory.
You'll never be good enough.
You're going nowhere.
You're not cut out for this.
These are just a few examples of the negative thoughts that I have nearly every day. Sometimes it feels like I'm just running in circles. My mind seems to be my own worst enemy.
My wife has seen the worst of it. She knows how hard I can be on myself, and that's why she is always there to remind me of a special word that I sometimes forget - purpose. This is my purpose.
How many of you feel like making music is your sole purpose in life? How many feel like you're nothing unless you're creating something? I'm sure that you also feel the constant onslaught of doubt being cast on your dreams by those surrounding you; for some of you, by those you love.
You'll be told to get a day job. You'll be reminded of the small percentage of those that "actually make it." Yet you'll press on, because you can't help it. What lives inside of you is so powerful, you can't help but continue to climb. You have something to give. You need to be heard. But fear still lurks around every corner of your mind, doing all that it can to stop you in your tracks. I can relate to you.
Don't let fear keep you from making the moves that you need to be making. Zach Williams said it best - fear is a liar. It is a culmination of your insecurities, your doubts, and your mistakes. It will hold you back from becoming everything that you're meant to be. Believe in yourself and take that chance by doing what you're afraid of. You'll see for yourself how unstoppable you really are.
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” —Henry Ford