As a creative, I feel that consistency is key. 2.5 months ago we released the first episode of the Creative Masters Podcast, and today we dropped the 10th episode. I also set out to start writing my thoughts on creativity, and I have to admit I have failed with the consistency aspect of the blog. I could make excuses, but there is no room for that. I set a goal, made a statement, and didn’t follow through — and for that, I apologize.
The good news is though, there is no better time than now to start (or start again). When it comes to building something, whether it be a career, business, or a community such as Creative Masters, it can often be overwhelming when you think about what you should be investing your time in, especially when you have other things on your plate. Here are a few things that help me push through the wall of procrastination or fear to complete the work that needs to be done.
Decide on what is most important, and focus on that first. When this podcast was created, my number one priority was to reach out to as many inspiring creatives as I could and I asked to interview them. That was it. I wasn’t concerned with social media (it’s easy to get caught up in the whole “I’m about to do this…”) thing. I didn’t focus on the website and I didn’t focus on sponsorships, just the content.
Once I had some content in the storehouse, I then started to work on some of those others things. If I am being completely honest, that is why these blog posts fell by the wayside. I simply overcommitted and was unable to keep up. Prioritization is key.
Let Go of Perfection
I will be the first to admit it, I am a perfectionist. Sometimes that can be a good thing, other times not so much. I feel that I am a decent speaker, but I definitely know I am far from a great one. If you listen to the podcast you probably notice that I say certain phrases a lot. I am aware of this (it drives my fiance crazy), and I am always working on it, but if I would have waited until I thought I was a perfect speaker, we wouldn’t even have a podcast right now.
You have to just start. There will never be a perfect time to do anything, so if you have an idea, work on it now.
Forget What People Think
Another reason this blog stalled early is because I was worried about what people may think of me. Who am I to share my thoughts? I had to really come to grips with the fact that I have the right to share my thoughts and experiences with the world if I choose to. I am a huge proponent of getting out of your comfort zone and facing fears.
Writing blog posts is a huge pain point for me and it requires massive amounts of vulnerability on my part to share them with the world. Heck, I even deleted my entire personal blog with about 40 posts on it out of fear.
Don’t let what others may think of you determine what you know in your soul you should be doing. As Bernard Baruch once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
In closing, these are things I feel we all have to deal with. Don’t let these things stop the greatness you want to build. Always push through the discomfort — life is much better on the other side.