5 Things I’ve Learned About Building Your Creative Dream
Most creative businesses rev up all year long for the holiday season. It’s also a great time to reflect on your year and how you will do things in the next one. Although creative business has been a part of my life for a long time, this was the first year I went full time in my endeavor and truly gave it my all. As I also prepare for another fantastic year I like to look back and think on what I’ve learned along the way, and what a wonderful gift to give!
This is one gift I know I can keep on giving, it’s experience. Here are five things I learned this year about building my dream. There really are more than five but these are the ones at the top of my list. Whether you are still gathering momentum, are in the midst of your best year yet, or are ready to evolve I think these will resonate with you. Five things I’ve learned about building your dream:
No. 1: Your dream requires a foundation
More than anything this is probably the most important. And your foundation has to come from within you. Your foundation is made up of things like who you are, what you do, why you do it, and what at the end of the day you want to be remembered for. Build something you love believing in, it is much easier to give it your all when it feeds back to you so much.
No. 2: The little voices will probably never shut up
I realize this might make me sound a little nutty but I think you know what little voices I am talking about. They sit in your mind saying things like, “Is this really a good idea?” and, “Maybe you shouldn’t take such a risk!” and my least favorite, “I know you crossed off your list of things to do today but were you as productive as you could have been?”
These little voices will always be there so know that you will have to convince yourself sometimes that it is worth it. Stand your ground, and with a strong foundation it gets easier.
No. 3: Start practicing saying, “Help please!”
Let go of your DIY boundary and be proud to ask for help! Build a team of people who support you, mentors you can lean on, and hire out for the things you aren’t built to do. If you want to be a business owner it is impossible to do everything yourself and still find success. Start small by getting out of your studio and meeting like-minded people, it will relieve some of the pressure and re-inspire your work. Find someone who has been there and understands to be your mentor. Call on them for their experience of having been where you are now.
No. 4: Trust your gut
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes so trust your gut in the moment! With a solid foundation and strong sense of self this becomes easier. You will know if something is a great fit or if a new direction will be good for you. Use your foundation as a filter for decision making. It might be as simple as what to blog about or more involved like where to spend your marketing time and money. You know the intuition I am referring to and it serves a great purpose in business–utilize it!
No. 5: When you’re on your right path things just accelerate
At a recent TEDx event in Boulder, Kristen Wheeler spoke about our individual native genius and it blew me away. She talks about how when we do activities that align with are native genius we easily improve at them over and over. And when we try and do things we don’t really love we might mildly improve. You can hear all the study details in the video below.
Do work you know you are meant to do. Think about it–what are the things you have been drawn to most of your life or the pieces of your personality friends relate to you? These are pieces of your code and you will always enjoy them–just imagine utilizing those very things in your work. It will accelerate your path! For her full talk watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ULE8PeqG0Y
I encourage you to dream big and have a wonderful holiday season!