One of the more challenging things to attain is a peaceful , unfiltered self belief. It's not a matter of capability going into the future, but the ability to just accept that you're already "it". We're conditioned to seek a reflection to quantify our validity, but I don't entirely believe that it's necessary if one's motivation comes from another place.
I think it was in some table talk with a couple of business owners and rappers, but the idea was about setting different benchmarks. Personally the act of creation is completion. I learned this when painting and drawing back in art school. Essentially the piece should be finished at each stage. If you can attain this both in craft and in mind, then you'll be pretty much okay.
Along with this post I'm sharing a bit of art that a friend and I made. It started off as a vague idea for a visual paired with a song, and then turned into something a little more. I listened to the track and storyboarded something. Aside form visuals I spend a lot of time dancing. Finding that it's a more comfortable way of expression, I choreographed a sequence of movements to represent the words of the song but also the flow of emotion.
There are two versions. One initial and one secondary that links in spoken word as a character piece.
The artist Desiire shared his mind state at the time.
On a journey. Searching for something. Sharing what's found.