Create the life you want? I know, this is a bit of a long read; trust me, if you are here, you need to hear this. But, before you get too far down the page, ask yourself these two questions: What do you want? Why haven’t you gotten it?
For me, it has always been teaching, mentoring, speaking, and encouraging. I am a “helper” almost to a fault, and don’t feel that I am the very best me that I can be unless I am doing something productive that will benefit or change the lives of someone else. My plan was always to grow my business to the best of my ability, to develop a bit of a tribe, and to learn and discover the lessons that I needed to learn that would allow me to pass the knowledge on to other creative entrepreneurs.
Four years into my business, I have had a total of 1 speaking engagement, 2 podcast interviews and a handful of print features, but none of these have made me happily giddy or have made me feel that I was doing exactly what I was meant to do (is this a thing?) So after years and years of “waiting for the invitation” I decided to take matters into my own hands and to CREATE the engagements and events that I yearned for in my business life. That path eventually became The Art Of, and the amount of passion that I feel for my work has grown exponentially. I love everything about it. Business ownership is a choice, and if you are making the decision to jump in feet first, why are you also waiting on invitations to shape your own reality?
You may be trying to decide how this translates into your own life, business or aspirations. Maybe you are an Artist, Calligrapher, or Wedding pro who wants to speak and instruct at Workshops for business owners and creatives, but you aren’t exactly swimming in options. Our solution, CREATE that Workshop and invite others that YOU want to collaborate with personally. Or possibly you have mentally created and searched for a specific tool, program, or product that will greatly increase your skills and productivity, but it doesn’t seem to be out there. MAKE it exist! You can create that exact tool, program or product, you just have to get out there and do it.
I have a good friend who constantly uses the excuse “I am not sure how to do that,” anytime that he feels at all uncomfortable or out of place in a situation. It drives me crazy, but I think this is a solid reason that a lot of people use to not do something. The truth is, nobody starts out knowing what they are doing. We are all, honestly, just out there doing the best we can. But for some people that means putting themselves out there and figuring it out, while for others it simply means they don’t feel that they have the resources or knowledge so they give up. I am here to tell you, friends, giving up should not be a thing.
Don’t give up, Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable, and most of all Don’t wait for the invitation. I promise you WILL figure it out.
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Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
ARE YOU STILL WAITING FOR AN INVITATION?