Sometimes I feel like everyone out there is already doing the same thing as me.
Some of the thoughts that run through my head are....How am I special? How do I stand out? Why run a business doing the same thing everyone else is doing?! What if I never get hired. Is there something better I could be doing with my life?
And I know I'm not alone with this cycle of self-doubt. Through talking to other creatives, my business partner, and my musician boyfriend, a lot of us have this fear.
So how do I overcome it when those silly thoughts sneak in my head?
First off, what else would I be doing?
Am I happy doing what I do? YES! Would I want to do anything else? HECK NO! And that's all that really matters. What I've chosen to do for my job allows me to make a living, is rewarding, and I'm happy doing it.
Get to know those you're intimidated by.
I've come to realize that if I take the time to get to know those so called competitors that they have the same fears and thoughts as me. They are just as human as me. I've elevated them in my head as something they're not. They are willing to help answer questions and they want to see me succeed.
Realize that competition isn't bad!
If there weren't other designers in the world, I think I'd be pretty sucky at my job. I find inspiration from other designers. I push myself harder to create things because of other designers. Realizing this helps create a mind shift from thinking competitors are a negative to realizing without them I probably wouldn't have a job (as a designer).
You're the one surrounding yourself with the competition.
How many people that you follow on social media do the same thing as you? If that number is half your total "following" number, then duh it's going to feel like you work in this super saturated market. The day I realized this, my mind was blown. There probably aren't quite as many designers in the world as it seems like there is. I adore social media but I've had to diversify who I follow.
Finally, just do the work.
The best way to get out of my head sometimes is to get out of my head and just do the work.