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Conquering the Fear of Judgment: Thriving with Imperfection Online

Do you ever find yourself staring at that "post" button, wondering if there's a digital jury out there meticulously grading your every online move? I've been there too. For the longest time, I would second-guess my social media posts, imagining an invisible critic with a relentless scorecard. It's a common struggle in the art world, the anxiety that comes with sharing our creations with the online universe.

The Illusion of Judgment

But here's the reality check: that imaginary critic with the grading sheet doesn't exist. In truth, most people in your audience have their own lives to lead, and they're not scrutinizing your posts. They're not evaluating your choice of words, the art filters you use, or the precise timing of your updates.

The Stranglehold of Perfection

Yet, this fear of being judged, of failing to meet some arbitrary standard, often leaves us paralyzed. We begin to doubt the worthiness of our creative expressions. It stifles our ability to shine on social media and showcase our talents to the world.

The Beauty of Imperfection

Now, here's a valuable lesson I've learned: it's far better to share something imperfect than to share nothing at all. Your audience doesn't grade you on the same scale you use to judge yourself. Those little imperfections you worry about, the tiny details that keep you awake at night, they might not even register with your audience.

My Imperfections, My Strength

I'll admit it—every so often, I drop the ball on spelling in my posts. Does it irk me? Absolutely. Do I aim to leave a good impression? Of course. But has it ever prevented me from sharing my work? Not for a moment.

The Power of Authenticity

The intention behind showing up, even when you're imperfect, carries far more weight than a perfectly polished caption. It's about authenticity. It's about being genuine, flaws and all. You might have a different viewpoint, and that's perfectly fine. We all navigate our artistic journeys differently.

Simplify, Showcase, and Excel

In life, we have choices. So, here's my suggestion to you: simplify your life, put your work out there for your audience, and keep moving forward. Nobody out there is keeping score on you.

The Path Forward

And now, if you're seeking the guidance and support to advance your art career to the next level, I invite you to check out the Art NXT Level Coaching program. It's a place where artists come together to learn, grow, and receive the mentorship they need to thrive in the art world.

Conclusion

So, fellow creators, let's embrace our imperfections, share our creativity with the world, and remember that the only critic who truly matters is the one within ourselves. It's time to break free from the chains of doubt and let our artistic superpower shine through!

Thanks for reading,

Sergio Gomez, MFA
Artist | Curator | Author | Art Biz Coach 

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