Do you ever find that when you look back on past projects, they seem better than when you were actually making (and scrutinizing over) them?
I do, and pretty often.
When I was perusing through one of my old journals last night, I came across some writing from when I traveled to Martinique solo. It's really great writing. Though, when I wrote it, I didn't think anything of it, they were just my thoughts on paper.
This happens a lot for videos and ebooks and other writing that I create to post. Some never even gets posted, because it feels unfinished or not quite good enough. But then, I'll find it weeks, months or years later and be like !! :O this is awesome!
The same applies for memories. Most, at least for me, are remembered as better than they actually were. Even the moments I logically know were bad don't hold as much negativity for me as they once did.
I think this is a sort of survival technique. The only way to thrive in the present is to release yourself of the past. Obviously it's important to learn from mistakes and bad experiences, but I wouldn't say it's very worthwhile to keep that sour feeling within you just to remember how bad it was. I prefer to let them blur and fade so that you can make space for new and better memories.
For creativity, I've learned something valuable too. After you make something, if you're not 100% in love with it, don't spend time agonizing about how you don't like it. Put it aside and move on to something else. You may look back on it in a few days and realize that it's actually much better than you thought.
Giving yourself space from your creative efforts gives you the clarity to return with even more ideas and insight than before. In that case, I'm going to go take a look at what I have for my book, as I haven't looked at it in about a month.
Hopefully, I can debunk this belief I have that what I have so far really isn't great. But hey, even if that is true, I guess I better get to work.