I am lucky enough to not have received the criticism that I most fear, but I certainly always have the fear that one day I will receive it. For the most part I am a fairly confident person, perhaps bordering on the arrogant side about most everything, except for one. Which also happens to be the area of my work. I constantly have to fight the fear that I am not good enough as an artist. I am not an expert. I have no formal art training. I have no formal business training. I am making it up as I go along, therefore I am not a good as so-and-so and never will be, and I don't deserve attention. It doesn't matter how much positive feedback I get from others since this fear is deeply rooted in myself.
I think the fear stems from the fact that I am a perfectionist. I want to be the best, or not do it at all. I don't do anything until I know that I can do it perfectly because if I mess up even a little, I failed. I need to become comfortable in not being the best, but being my best, or sometimes taking the leap and finding out where it takes me. I'm where I am because of leaps that I have taken in the past, but the inadequacy still creeps up. Today is the day that this fear is going to stop.
Reading that article, and some others from her site reemphasized the need for me to follow through with this idea I will launch soon. I'm going to do it for me, and not anyone else. I'm not going to determine it's success on others but on progress within myself! If you need me, I'll be muttering "confidence" to myself in the mirror. :)
What criticisms are you most afraid of receiving? Any tips on overcoming perfectionism and self-doubt?