Battle Your Self-Doubt with 15 Inspirational Quotes

Rainbow-colored swirl with the Phrase "free Your Creativity from Self-doubt" written over the top of it. Lynette M. Burrows

Many creatives, like you, have complicated lives. You work a job, an uncreative one. You have friends and a family. Add a second job, or a holiday, or any of life’s joys and ills…. and you have stress and overwhelm. That’s when Mrs. Darkside whispers negativity in your ear. Battle your self-doubt with these tips and 15 inspirational quotes.

Image is a swirl of rainbow colors with the words Free Your Creativity from Self-Doubt across it

Who Is Mrs. Darkside

Mrs. Darkside is the name I’ve given my inner negative voice. You know, the voice that says you can’t do this. The voice that calls you an imposter or not good enough. The voice that you need to name and combat. 

Give your inner negative voice a name. Names have power, so choose one wisely. Choose a name that exposes the lies of self-doubt. 

Learn to recognize the voice of doubt and call her out on it.

Arm Yourself With Inspiration

A little more than a third of the posts on this blog inspirational and motivational. Why? Because as a creative, one of your worst enemies is your own self-doubt. 

Keep a battle kit in your workspace. It can be a journal, a photo album, a recording, even a digital file. In this kit, keep inspirational and motivational quotes, images, and articles. The ones that speak to you on a deep and personal level. 

When Mrs. Darkside comes to visit next time, whip that battle kit out. See which of your tools helps you battle your self-doubt the most and double down on that type of inspiration. Be victorious. Be the best creative you can be.

Change the World

In this image a violin wrapped with tiny white christmas lights lies on a dark brown surface. Self-doubt is like the dark spaces between the lights.

Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.

Paulo Coelho

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference.

Nolan Bushnell 

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

Edward DeBono

You Are Enough

There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.

Mark Twain

You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are.

Anna Quindlen

Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use–do the work you want to see done.

Austin Kleon

Creative thinking–in terms of idea creativity–is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.

Edward de Bono

The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn’t need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.

Abe Tannenbaum

Choose to Be Alive

Image of a vibrant red and yellow tulip spraying dots of red and yellow color. Choose to be alive and understand that self-doubt is part of the process and nothing more.

But unless we are creators, we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.

Madeleine L’Engle

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

Mary Lou Cook

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.

Neil Gaiman

Be Creative

image is of white knitting needles with cast on stitches in green yarn and a length of knit-pearl stitches resting on a skien of green yarn that rests on a wooden table top. Self-doubt hasn't stopped the knitter.

There’s room for everybody on the planet to be creative and conscious if you are your own person. If you’re trying to be like somebody else, then there isn’t.

Tori Amos

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach–how you look at things… Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.


Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

Rita Mae Brown

There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.

Edward de Bono

Need More Tools?

Search for quotes on this blog. You’ll find hundreds. Or visit the mental health toolkit post. Perhaps you need to remember you and your creativity don’t need to be perfect.

Whatever you do, whichever tools you use to battle your self-doubt, be the best creative you. You and the world will be better for it.

Image Credits

Swirl of Color  Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Violin Image by Tharindu Nanayakkara from Pixabay 

Tulip Image by 165106 from Pixabay 

Knitting Image by Sophie Janotta from Pixabay 


    1. It’s an amazing tool to name that negative voice. I am not immune but I definitely recognize her more quickly. And allows me to show her the door quicker, too.

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