How To Fall In Love With Your Work
Sometimes as creative business owners, we can become our own worst critic. We can look at our writing and think that it’s terrible and that no one should read it. But I assure you, that is not the case. We are our own worst enemy.
For this month of love, I wanted to make sure that you spread some love your way and take some steps not to let self-doubt get in the way of your creative process and business.
No matter what your craft or passion is, you should be doing it every single day. Who knows, maybe it doesn’t even have anything to do with your business. Regardless, you should be creating what you love every day.
For example, if you’re a writer, you should be at least writing one journal entry every day. Maybe you’re a photographer. You should be taking at least one photo every single day.
This will greatly boost your confidence in your skills. Practicing in the best way to grow as a creative and the best way to grow more confident.
While you’re doing this, keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s what practice is for, after all.
If you’re a painter and today you painted something that you just don’t like, that’s okay! It doesn’t have to be perfect. At least you tried and made something. Creating something will always be better than creating nothing.
Be Open To Learning
You know the cliche that you never stop learning? Well, I think it’s true. And it’s so important in the creative fields to always keep your mind open to learning new things. This is the best way that you can grow as a business owner and creative.
Never think that you have learned everything; there is always something more to learn.
Perhaps you’re a photographer that feels like they know everything about your camera. But perhaps you still need to learn how to utilize Instagram to grow your business or maybe you need to learn how to get published online. None of us are experts at everything, so always be open to learning from people who are experts where you are not.
Consume new material, read new books, and look for resources and people that you can constantly be learning from.
Find A Group
One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to surround yourself with people that bring you light and inspiration.
If you’re an introvert like me, you may find it a little hard to reach out in the real world to meet new people, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t surround yourself with amazing people from all around the world. The internet exists for a reason, people!
Find your group and your people online, have a weekly date with an inspirational friend, or go to networking events.
Any of these options are great ways to connect with people who will lift you up and inspire you to keep going.
Find a mentor or a group of writers that can push you and support you through all of your creative endeavors. For me, I find a lot of support through Instagram and Facebook Groups such as The Rising Tide Society and Babes Who Write.
Share Your Work
For me, the hardest part of my creative business was always sharing my work. At the beginning, I was so scared to share my writing and photography.
It can be so intimidating to put your work out there, because it is basically like putting your soul out there for everyone to see.
However, it is so important that you share your work when you’re ready. Without sharing your work, you will never grow, learn, or accomplish your goals.
No matter what happens, keep on working. Keep on creating. Don’t give up. No matter what, don’t give up. The reason for your success will be the fact that you keep on going no matter what.
You will fail. If you’re a writer, you won’t get published in every publication you want to be in. If you’re a photographer, you won’t book every single client you want.
To be honest with you, I got two rejection letters from publications this week. But it doesn’t matter. It just means that it wasn’t the right place at the right time. I will keep writing. I will keep photographing. That’s what matters.
And I want you to keep creating too.
We can be our own worst-enemies in our business, allowing our minds to take over our creative process by telling us that we’re not good enough. But, the secret is that that is your perception. And that perception needs to change. Once your perception changes of your own work, people’s perceptions of your work will also begin to change. Fall in love with your work. People will fall in love with you.