A self-fulfilling prophecy is one of the hardest internal struggles a person can deal with. For creatives this seems to be amplified by the continual self doubt that looms over us to begin with. The constant pressure to one-up yourself can be devastating to the creative process and it can result in a dry spell or worse.
How do you work through the doubt? The creative rut? Many people suggest taking some time away to let your mind bridge the gaps in the background while you focus on other things. Take a walk, read, exercise. There are a lot of things you can do to get your mind off of the problem. But what if that isn’t an option? What if your delivery date is tomorrow and you have no choice but to work through it and produce something. Get it done, do it the best you can and get it out the fucking door. There are always opportunities to learn and correct in the future. Besides, you never know until you put it out there.