Anxiety is a huge struggle for me. It holds me back. It inhibits my ability to complete assignments because I'm afraid of doing them wrong or badly.
I'm going to counseling for my anxiety and this week my counselor suggested something to me. He said to tell myself, "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." It's a new idea for me. I hate trying to do something and having it not turn out right. I'm embarrassed to turn in an assignment that isn't done fully or correctly. I'm afraid to fail at something.
This idea will help me a great deal in school, but I think it will also help in my art. Art is definitely worth doing for me, so why not do it badly sometimes? I can't be good at everything my first try. I can't always make a masterpiece work of art. Perfectionism doesn't typically help my art. It's okay to do it badly. I may not get the grade I want. I may not receive the praise given to good art. But that is okay, because I am improving. I am doing something worthwhile, even if I'm doing it badly.