Journaling is important for your journey as an artist because it helps you process where you have come from, accepting where you are now and your dreams for yourself and your creative practice in the future. As a creative, you will always have to battle the inner critic. But using journaling strategically as a tool to makeover your inner critic is going to significantly silence this pesky voice. In this post I am going to show you how to use journal prompts to makeover your artist’s inner critic.
You will find that some of the prompts are statements and some of them are fill in the blank format. Take whichever ones fit for you and where you are at in your journey.
Journal Prompts for Reminding You of Your Success
Changing the inner critic must come from a place of belief; belief that you are worth more than your inner critic commentary. You must ask yourself “where does my belief in who I am and my worth, come from?” It is your choice, just as it is mine, who you choose to listen to. You can use these prompts to retrain your brain to believe in the truth about who you are.
- I am fully capable of taking risks
- My art practice is ___________________________________________________
- I have just enough talent for where I am now. My talent will continue to grow.
- Practicing my art is ____________________________________________________
- My dreams are ______________________________________________
- When others criticize my work, I will __________________________________
- I am setting boundaries around my creative needs
- My face is an important part of my work and how I show my art to the world
- I am learning to be more __________________________________________________
- My artwork is a reflection of my ___________________________________________
- My art is art because _______________________________________
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Journal Prompts to Makeover Perfectionistic Tendencies
If you practice writing and speaking out these journal prompts (which are in essence affirmations), you set in motion a healthy automatic response when you face situations where your inner critic pops up and tries to sabotage your creativity.
- I will be given opportunities that suite my talent at just the right time
- My work does not have to be __________________________________
- I am not afraid of _________________________________________________
- Failure is inevitable but I will learn from each failure and it will make me stronger.
- I am going at just the right pace for me
- I am choosing ___________________________________________________________
- There is room for mistakes and I will learn something new each time
- I am right where I need to be and I am choosing to appreciate where I am
- I am continually growing in _____________________________________________________
Journal Prompts to Makeover Imposter Syndrome
The comparison game is strong, especially now in the online world. And you may feel like you have no right to call yourself an artist. But remember you are one of a kind, no one has ever been you with your unique gifting.
- No one else is me, no one can _______________________________________________
- I am here for a reason and I have a right to be in the center
- My effort is worth my time and dedication
- I have talent and I do not need to prove this to anyone
- My art practice is _______________________________________________________
- I am appreciating what I have shared on my social media, and it’s a work in progress
- I am choosing to call myself a/an _________________________________________________
- My training is no one’s business but mine and who I choose to share it with
- I am choosing to listen to _______________________________________________________
- I arrived at this place at this time because of ___________________________________________________
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Is that you? Have you ever found it difficult to cope with imposter syndrome, your inner critic, fear of failure, perfectionistic tendencies, and being hesitant to share your work?
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If you don’t practice this habit of feeding your mind with new messages, you will sink back into the inner critic belief system. The inner critic is your natural default when it isn’t thoughtfully and consistently being replaced.
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