6 Self-Doubts That Inhibit You From Creating Great Content

Centered on skills, mindset, clarity, fear, passion, and rejection.

Asmita Karanje
Jun 9 · 6 min read
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Do you feel disheartened when the online platforms don’t reward you for your effort?
Do you struggle to maintain momentum and pace up with other creators?
Do you feel lost at times, not knowing if you are doing the right thing?

I hear you. And I understand your struggles, too, as I navigate through mine. Everyone has self-doubts, even the greatest creators of all times. Self-doubts are a sign of modesty. But it’s necessary to manage them before it impedes your journey as a creator.

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
Suzy Kassem

Here are six self-doubts that one often faces and how to deal with them.

“I am not good enough.”

When you are starting your content creation journey, it is normal to experience impostor syndrome.

Sometimes you may experience this long after you have established yourself in your field. I have been writing for 1.5 years now, and I still have these thoughts that take me down the spiral. I sometimes wonder if I shall ever have that clarity of thought or style of writing as accomplished by other brilliant writers.

I don’t know. But I shall not give up on myself. I don’t wish to get old with regrets of not trying hard enough.

While there is some truth in your self-doubts, it’s not written in a gospel that you won’t ever improve. The problem is that self-doubts restrict us from doing our job. You got to overcome it.

Everyone starts somewhere and goes through a learning curve. Be proud you recognize your shortcomings.

Build confidence, not arrogance.

Learn from someone who knows nothing about their content but is quite confident about it (someone at the start of the Dunning-Kruger curve.)

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” — Robert Hughes

“I am not in the right state of mind.”

For a long time, I believed in writing a brilliant essay,
I need to have a perfect setting
I need to be in a “flow” state of mind.
I need to be motivated.

How many times have you felt the same?

Honestly, that’s a lie you tell yourself to escape the drudgery.

Your art or passion can become menial or boring at times, especially when you need to switch context from some other passion of yours. Don’t be judgmental about what you love — it is not binary.

It’s like parenthood; you feel eternally blessed to hold your baby in your arms but also feel frustrated at long, sleepless nights.

It’s a package deal, and unfortunately, you don’t get to choose only the good parts.

Be honest about your feelings. You can lie to the world, but don’t lie to yourself.

Accept that not all days are the same. There are days when you don’t feel 100%, and that’s okay. Analyze what parts of the creation process you don’t find interesting.

Get it done even when you don’t like it — batch similar tasks in the same time window, schedule them in your calendar, and ensure you adhere to it or outsource it to someone who can do it for you.

I recently got some help on another writing project of mine through Fiverr — it freed up my time and helped me focus on my passion for writing articles.

“I don’t have enough clarity.”

When I have enough content, it is easy to write about it. When you already know what the core messaging is, drafting an outline becomes effortless.

But that’s not always the case — sometimes I struggle to collect my thoughts or even find the right words. That’s when writing becomes a chore. I quickly lose interest.

You can’t remain in an unorganized frame of mind for long.

So you look for a more accessible alternative (scroll through social media), or even worse, you give up even before you tried.

Think of it as a challenge. It may feel like treading unchartered waters initially, but it becomes more evident as you unravel answers to your questions.

Again, be proud of yourself when you have conflicting views in your mind — it means you are thinking of it from different angles.

Yes, you may not have all the answers yet, but the only way to know them is to go through the grind.

But it doesn’t have to be painful. If you know what you are looking for, you can follow this simple process.

  • Dump everything in your mind onto a piece of paper.
  • Use the mind-mapping technique to chart your ideas.
  • Club similar tasks into one sub-heading,
  • Research more to see what other people have created in the past.
  • Outline your content,
  • Organize your material into significant blocks, draw boundaries if your topic is too broad.

“I feel overwhelmed.”

During exams, I would go to the library and study for hours on end. Once done with exams, I would never look back at libraries because they reminded me of the painful hours I spent there buried in books.

Similarly, when I undertake topics I am not interested in, they are a massive drain on my mental energy.

I feel overwhelmed. It makes me sad, and to avoid that; I try to complete everything else.

When you do something that doesn’t align with your heart, it might feel like a burden. Sometimes you have to accept it. That’s the hard truth.

Even if you are passionate about something, you will have a few bad days when you don’t feel like doing the work. But as nothing is permanent, it too shall pass.

Create a reward system to motivate yourself for showing up on days you didn’t feel like giving your 100%.

“I don’t love what I do.”

We often have a binary view on things — if you love something, it’s not necessary you love every aspect of it or love it every time — sometimes you don’t, and that’s okay.

You might love coding, but sometimes, it can take zeal out of it if you don't find the answers. The good news is, it lasts only for a short while.

Your experiences are always going to be like a wave and not a straight line. Some days might feel like a breeze; others, it might be a struggle.

Know that it’s okay not to love something in its entirety.

“I fear rejection.”

Most often, it creeps in because you have to meet a certain standard or expectations.

When I used to write for my blog, I’d write freely with no fear of rejection.

However, with publications, I am conscious of their guidelines, the feedback from editors, and awareness of what works for the publication audience.

While this instills a sense of fear, it also pushes me to produce quality content and write articles that meet a certain standard.

Rejections aren’t bad. If you think of rejections as something attributed to what you did, you’d feel sorry. But it’s not you. There are a million other factors at play. Stop blaming yourself for something that’s not in your control.

The true character of a person is revealed not in how they succeed in the face of adversity. But how they face rejections and course-correct swiftly.

Like positive affirmations, sometimes you need to voice your self-doubts, too. Only once you acknowledge them can you overcome them.

Self-doubts are the necessary evil that makes you stronger.

Bertrand Russell, a great essayist, once said,

“In the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

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