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How do you get over the fear of being judged by others so you can stay true to yourself and keep moving toward your goals and dreams? This is a common question creators of all types face at some point. Whenever you are creating something for others to consume or putting any of your talents and skills on display, you will face the inevitable of having to get over the fear of “putting yourself out there.” There is a term used by psychologists called the spotlight effect, which refers to the tendency we all have to overestimate and exaggerate how much other people notice things about us. Meaning, we tend to think there is a spotlight on us at all times, highlighting all of our imperfections, mistakes, and flaws, for all the world to see and pick apart. It’s those aspects about ourselves that we tend to focus on when…

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