Last month I asked on Instagram, what you needed help with most right now. I thought it was interesting that most people brought up needing help with creative motivation. And actually, I’m not surprised!
Getting motivated to create art, or work on your business, is a huge factor in seeing success. But it can be one of the hardest states of mind to achieve.
How do you get yourself to feel excited to create, when you’re not sure what the end result will be, or you’re not feeling inspired to start? And if you’re trying to have a creative business that provides income, how will you know it will all be worth it?
Here are 3 of my top tips to help you get motivated. Save this email for when you need some inspiration!
1) Write down your goals.
One of the first steps that I think people tend to forget to do, is take everything that’s in their head and write it down (or type it up in a Google Doc!).
We often have plans and ideas swirling around up there, and if you can get them written down to look at them all at once, it helps bring clarity to what you actually want to accomplish. This also works in helping you reduce overwhelm, which is a feeling that I think causes demotivation.
Organize your goals into categories however that looks for you. For example, what do you want to accomplish this month, this quarter, and this year? Or what are your small goals (i.e. paint some leaves), your medium goals (i.e. paint a full bouquet), and your big goals (i.e. design a greeting card)?
Don’t skip this step!
2) Set a scheduled time to create.
This is a time that you are going to set aside for yourself to create, no matter what is going on that day and no matter how you are feeling.
It can be 20 minutes, or it can be 2 hours. But the point here is to do it no matter what. Because taking that time for that progress, is going to motivate you to keep going the next day.
If you’re feeling uninspired when you sit down to create during this time, that’s totally ok. In fact, you might feel uninspired most times. But once you start working, I bet your inspiration will start to flow. And if not, you have tomorrow.
3) Relieve some pressure.
Besides overwhelm, another feeling that can demotivate you is perfectionism.
To fight back those feelings that you need to get it right the first time, I would rather you assume that progress=success. Even if it’s not perfect, even if you have to try it again, and even if you felt like you weren’t productive…that’s ok! Doing anything at all is going to be better than not trying at all. Because you are going to learn from what you’re working on despite the end result.
And how do you know it will all be worth it? The best way to ensure this, is to find joy in what you’re doing. If you don’t love it, I would argue it’s already not worth it.
P.s. Did you know I teach a mini-course all about finding clarity in your creative business? Well now ya do! 😉 Learn more and enroll in Creative Clarity here, and you can take it entirely at your own pace.
In addition to the video lessons, there is an actionable workbook guiding you so that you can define and refine your goals. It also includes a mini resource guide with my favorite tools to start with, artist directories you can join, biz books you gotta have, and more.
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Hi Juliet, These are exactly the words that I needed to read today. Thank you for sharing!!