10 Great Ways to Sabotage Yourself

I.Love.This. Originally written several years ago by Keri Smith, I think it is a great list of ways we sabotage ourselves as sewing-artists.

How to Feel Miserable as an Artist

1. Constantly compare yourself to other artists.

2. Talk to your family about what you do and expect them to cheer you on.

3. Base the success of your entire career on one project.

4. Stick with what you know.

5. Undervalue your expertise.

6. Let money dictate what you do.

7. Bow to societal pressures.

8. Only do work that your family would love.

9. Do whatever the client/customer/gallery owner/patron/investor/ asks.

10. Set unachievable/overwhelming goals. To be accomplished by tomorrow.

At times, I have done each item on this list. How about you? Any resonate with you? Are you still struggling with any or all of these behaviors?

Happy sewing (and creating!)


9 Responses to 10 Great Ways to Sabotage Yourself

  1. The first one is my problem. And number four. I’m trying to branch out more and my first thing was to get my blog going by actually participating in the online sewing community. It is going well so far so I may try other things as well.

  2. these are so true! every time i have a wavy line of topstitching or have trouble with a fabric i begin to question my entire existence… so dumb! i have a mountain of work i am proud of, and small failures are just part of the journey. great post!

  3. Good point about those small failures, Lisa. I made a dress last night that I fought the fabric the whole way. Almost ALL of the topstitching looks poopie, but luckily the busy print hides it. Hehehe! I know it is far from my best work, but I can still wear and enjoy the dress. And I will definitely make it again in a friendlier fabric! Keep on sewing! Hugs to you!


  4. This is a great reminder to ourselves. I don’t think of myself as a free-spirit, but when I have projects that I just let go and do whatever I want without caring about what anyone thinks–I am amazed at the results. And, so are others.

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