Ever worry that your design wasn’t good enough? Respond to a critique by feeling depressed and deflated? Compare yourself to others in your field and feel that everyone else is more talented? We all go through times when our confidence falters. Even the most seasoned veterans or so called Super Stars of Design have moments when they feel they are just fooling themselves and others around them. Here are some things to remember to do when you start to feel those doubts about your talent.
1. Refresh your self with new stimuli. Visit a Botanical Garden , Art Gallery , Museum , High end Fashion store or even your competition’s shop. Seeing new colors and compositions , even those provided by nature will awaken your own artistic juices.Take photos of things that interest you.
2.Educate yourself constantly and consistently. Don’t become stale or a dinosaur . Take CEUs , attend Webinars. Listen to Audio books , just skim the Internet. The field of Interior Design is ever changing and ever growing. Stay up with the latest technology , new color trends , and Green design.
3. Put up that inspiration board. Whether on line like Pinterest , or on Cork in your home office , surround your self with fabrics , photos , and materials that interest you.
4.Get a Life Coach. If you can , pay a professional. If you can’t afford one , then find a mentor you trust and admire to give an honest critique of your work. Discuss what can be improved upon , expanded on , and what is just plain good about it.
5. Get a life. When we begin to judge our self esteem solely through our profession , no matter how much we love it , we need to broaden our focus. Volunteer at a charity , spend more times with friends and family , take up a sport. There is a whole lot else to life. We can’t depend upon the ability to hit a home run everyday at the job. Find some balance.
It’s Tuesday. Let us trust in ourselves to make a few good decisions and even some mediocre ones. It’s all okay. Tomorrow is a clean slate. Pick up the chalk and write your own future.
Peggy Oberlin RID 4986