One common trait I see among aspiring knitwear designers or other beginning fiber entrepreneurs is fear. Fear of no-one liking their work, fear of ridicule, fear of criticism, fear of failing. Whatever that fear, it is strong enough to hold them back from pursuing their dreams of sharing their creative vision with the fiber community.
A few months ago, I was interviewed on the SweetGeorgia Yarn’s podcast. The lovely host, Felicia, asked me a question that really threw me for a loop: “Where do you find your self-confidence and fearlessness?” At the time I really didn’t know how to answer the question, but over the months it stuck with me as I asked myself, “How DID I gain the self-confidence to fearlessly do what I do?”
Then it struck me! The reason why I wasn’t able to pin-point that “aha” moment, when I magically started believing in myself, was because there was no “aha” moment. It was a gradual process that took place over the months I’ve been a designer.
What did I do? The answer lies within the question. I just DID. I took action. When I was first starting out as a knitwear designer, I was super nervous about hitting the “Publish to Ravelry” button. I was scared about people not liking the design; that the design was too complicated to read or hard to follow; that it wasn’t perfect. But I clicked that button anyway and guess what? My fears were just that – fears - not predictions of the future. People loved my work!
I know that my work isn’t perfect. Some mistakes do slip by requiring people to email me for help. But even that isn’t the life-ending experience that I had built it up in my head. I provide quality customer service, in order to make up for the mistakes in my product. So now when I receive an email asking for help, I don’t sweat it.
So if you’re feeling fear and are heavily doubting yourself: take action. By taking action you gain PROOF and examples of putting those fears to rest. I’m now able to click the Publish button on Ravelry without a second thought; it’s almost second nature to me. I’m not scared about going onto Periscope to do live video-streams with my audience. I’m not scared about sharing my work on Instagram. But conquering these fears didn’t happen overnight. It was through consistent and deliberate action over weeks and months that I was able to get to where I am now.
So start taking action today - everyday. Determine what fear is holding you back, and just do it anyway. Even if it’s a series of small steps, doing something is better than nothing! That’s my challenge to you this week.
You’ll be thanking yourself that you did - a week, a month, a year from now.
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