Shakespeare was wrong. All the world is not a stage; you just think it is. And it is this thought -- the belief that you need to perform for an always-watching and always-critiquing audience -- that creates massive anxiety. If you'd like to reclaim some of the time and energy you spend worrying about what others think, then read on and be inspired to create and share your talents without fear of embarrassment.
You cannot avoid criticism but you can learn to live with it and not allow it to have such a grip on your life -- in other words, you can get to the point where you care so much about yourself or your idea that you're not sidelined by a critical comment, negative review or raised eyebrow.
Stop letting fear and anxiety prevent you from sharing your creativity or from being the person you are!
Does the following quote sound familiar?
“Approval from others gives us a higher sense of self-esteem. We’re convinced that their recognition matters to our self-worth and how deeply we value ourselves.” - Tom Ferry
It is time to let go of what others think and simply realize that your opinion of you who are and what you do and what you represent is the only opinion that truly matters.
The best way back to you is to pause, remember, and take action.