Monday , 1 September 2014
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:

5 Things I’ve Learned About Building Your Creative Dream

 

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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!

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16 comments

  1. This is just a fabulous post! Great points and well stated. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing, Andrea! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. This is great advice. I’m implementing all of these more each day! Thanks!

  4. Great post! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Great points! Thanks for sharing what you have learned along the way ~Dee

  6. Wow, this packed a big punch for me. Thank you!

  7. Thank you for posting this. I love the youtube link!

  8. I am late finding this post but it is excellent.

  9. Excellent post and I am a veteran. The asking for help is the difficult part because I am reaching beyond ‘nice work’ and that is seldom understood; by colleagues or clients. Too, the people I respect live scattered all over the country and are like me, squirelled away. Ironically I am often the one being asked and I just as often do not know.

  10. Very good points- I made the mistake of not building a foundation and have struggled with a hobby I desperately want to build into a full-time endeavor until just recently when I got serious and went back to basics. This list is a good reminder of what’s important- thanks!

  11. Thank you Andrea for this article and its a great gift when you can share. You mentioned the gut,I have found after many years thats a special gift also from GOD. As Martha would say its a “Good Thing”.

    Have a great day,Doris

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