Create A Creative Business That Celebrates Your Ideal Life
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Episode 025 Show Notes
I’d like to start this episode with a quote…
Surrender the need to KNOW before you act
This is one of my favorite quotes because as creatives we can get caught up in overthinking and overthinking, in my opinion, will rob you of your living your best life.
So what causes overthinking?
You might think as I did that if you can control what happens, including other people and ultimately circumstances that you will increase the odds that the thing you want will come to pass easier.
But that’s not really what you’re trying to control
What people addicted to control is really trying to control is our own emotions and reactions to people, circumstances, and outcomes.
In other words, what we’re really saying is
“I won’t be able to handle this if what I’m working for doesn’t happen”
So since we can’t control other people, circumstances and the need to know how things are going to turn out we absolutely can control our reactions and thusly our emotions.
Keeping that in mind ask yourself is there anything that you’ve been holding back?
Perhaps there’s a creative project you’ve been wanting to start like creating an online art course or writing a book, launching your jewelry line for fear you won’t be able to handle the results if they aren’t as you hope?
Do you find yourself procrastinating by over researching, or waiting until you get the money, or until you quit your job or get a new one, or move, or get a divorce or get married, or wait until your kids are in school or whatever reason you’re giving yourself not to start?
I challenge you to examine the stories and reasons you’re telling yourself why you have to wait and ask yourself one simple question.
“Is that true?” Or is this a stalling tactic to keep me safe?”
Because in every scenario I just mentioned there are creatives writing books with toddlers, take J. K. Rowling creator of the wildly successful Harry Potter series for example.
She was struggling to get by as a single mom before her first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1997 now she’s gone on to sell over 450 million copies of her books.
If you know that the circumstances of life will never be “perfect or ideal” before you take action then why wait?
If you can only manage to write 100 words a day of your new book at the end of 30 days that’s 3000 words and the end of a year that’s a whopping 36,000 words!
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a book to me, even if you can only manage to write for 10 minutes here and there that’s still a heck of a lot better than waiting for everything in life to be perfect before you start because trust me, perfect circumstances will never happen.
This brings me to another one of my favorite quotes
“Do what you can with what you have right where you are”
I watched a video recently from Photographer, Founder of the Creative Live and author of the new book Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life Chase Jarvis on Twitter where he shot a video of himself in the magazine section of Barnes Noble, talking about how when he was trying to get his photography career off the ground how he would scour the magazines at BN for publications he wanted to shoot for.
At the time he couldn’t afford to purchase the mags, so he would go through the publications he wanted to work with and write down the names of the photographers whose style captured his eye and who he wanted to emulate.
He would also check out the mastheads of the mags and jot the editors and creative directions contact info and he would reach out to the list of contacts he collected, this strategy that didn’t cost him anything but his time since cash was in short supply this is how he landed photography gigs.
He didn’t sit around waiting until he had everything figured out like until his website or his portfolio was perfect. He did what he could with what he had and his efforts paid for and even if they didn’t, I have every confidence he would have tried something else.
I don’t know if you saw the DVD The Secret if not, I’ll wrap this episode of this podcast with this quote featured in the film by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Moving forward I invite you to replace control and fear with faith because in truth – it’s all any of us really have anyway.
Resources Mentioned In Today’s Show:
Chase Jarvis’s new book available on Amazon – Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life
EPISODE 4: “The Biology of Fear” by Transformation Coach Jim Fortin **Highly Recommended**
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