When it rains it pours…. There are so many intricate aspects about running a creative business, but what nobody tells you, is that it is really difficult to keep things running during a particularly negative time in your career.
Mistakes are made and issues arise (here and there) in each and every business, and creatives definitely have their fair share, but sometimes it feels like absolutely nothing is going your way. Whether due to financial issues, marketing struggles, client frustrations or something entirely different, it feels as though you are drowning and you can’t find a way up. I’ve been there.
I recently had one of these years. Twenty Seventeen was the hardest year for me since opening my business, Harper Maven Design. I made a HUGE mistake that caused me a loss of thousands of dollars, I struggled to find clients that were a good fit, my style and goals were evolving and I was unsure of how to incorporate that into my current business model. Nothing. Was. Going. Right.
During this time period, I was fighting to hold onto the current idea of my business, but I was also feeling constantly stressed, and ultimately, uninspired. So, when this is how you are feeling, how do you get back your moxie and get your backbone in place?
- RE-EVALUATE: It’s ok for goals to change, actually it would probably be odd if they didn’t. Do a little bit of soul searching and remember why you started to begin with and how you can still use that passion to create success today in correlation with your new vision.
- GET SCARED: Ok, I realize that this sounds like an unusual concept; however, I think it is the most important step on this list. Every time I feel that I have lost my way, in business and in life, I find it again by proving to myself that I am exceptionally brave. I am scared of heights, so I once jumped off of a swaying platform, high above the trees, in the middle of the rainforest just to give myself A REASON to be brave. Next time I need a little boost I plan to jump out of a plane even though I have that aforementioned fear of heights, and tend to freak out on airplanes. Do something to help your brain and body remember that you are courageous and I promise, it will make an enormous differences in how you approach your business or creative endeavors.
- DECIDE THAT YOU AREN’T GOING DOWN LIKE THIS: If you are super passionate about what you do, success shouldn’t be optional. You will eventually get there…. Unless you quit. Make the decision that you aren’t giving that option life. Make it a priority to keep going. Rest when needed, but don’t quit.
- LISTEN TO YOURSELF FIRST: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve let someone or something sway me to make a decision that was against what my gut was telling me. The success rate for those decisions is low. Nine times out of ten, when I listen to myself first, everything works out for the best. Don’t talk yourself into trusting another person if you disagree with their assessment of your needs.
- CREATE FOR FUN: A great way to regain creative inspiration is to take a personal day to create strictly for fun. You will find that the act of thinking one hundred percent for yourself while making something beautiful will re-ignite that fire in your brain that typically gears up when you are working.
You’ve got this friend. Creativity comes and goes, sometime because of our emotions and thoughts. We hope these exercises will help you find a way to persist when times feel tough.
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Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
STAYING INSPIRED IN THE FACE OF BUSINESS STRUGGLES