What are you measuring yourself to?
You’re measuring yourself to something, even if you aren’t fully aware of what or who.
It’s easy to get lost and measure your ability or worth compared to others expectations of you or of other great creatives out there. If you’re looking for an excuse to give up your art, there’s plenty out there to choose from. But to do so cuts your true capacity and genuine strength. You are capable of being great at what you love, it’s just a matter of sticking with it long enough to see your match your taste and desires with your reality.
Unrealistic expectations are overwhelming, exhausting, and causes unnecessary stress. This goes from expectations pushed on us and expectations pushed on ourselves.
I’m continuously cutting my progress off at the knees because of my unrealistic expectations I put on myself.
But what do those expectations get me? A whole lot of nothing. Nothing butter sandwiches.
The best person to respectfully measure yourself to is your past self. Am I better today than I was yesterday? Did I put in the effort today? If so then I’ve succeeded all measurements. Was today a suck-fest? Okay, then. Take a nice long shower or sauna session, sleep it off, try again tomorrow.
Today was good, tomorrow will be even better.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh W.