Building a creative career is hard. Especially when pesky money is involved, which it always is. I mostly feel really good about where my career is going... except financially. If I didn't have to pay rent and feed myself I would be doing great - but wouldn't we all?
Last night I had one of those "I need a day job" panics. I got out my scatter gun and started frantically looking for jobs online with no real focus or direction. All that happened was that I turned myself into a little stress ball and I was no closer to achieving anything job related.
Anyway the gist of this is that we all hit that moment of career anxiety from time to time, but it's the way we push through it that defines our success. As a naturally anxious person, I thought I'd share a few motivational pick-me-ups that I use (and should use more) in those "I can't do this" moments.
1// Look to others for inspiration. My classic choice for a bit of happy motivation is A Beautiful Mess - those girls never fail to inspire me to keep pursuing my goals. Another new favourite of mine is Brittany from The House that Lars Built, an endless source of motivation! Remember that coveting someone else's career doesn't have to come from a place of jealousy - I find that looking at people who are really succeeding helps me to imagine myself succeeding.
2// Make a dreams timeline. Start with where you want to get to and work backwards to now, adding the big steps and baby steps that will get you there. This definitely doesn't have to be a linear plan - it can be a tree with lots of branches and doodles. make it light hearted and work for you.
3// Take stock of what you have achieved already and reward yourself! Everyone needs a pat on the back sometimes, and who better to give you one, than you?
4// Plan your time efficiently. I find that time management keeps me calm and that the best way for me to stay on task during the day is to make a timetable for myself. I make a list of everything I need to do and how long each thing will take me, then I make a timetable for the day with scheduled breaks. This works for me because it's those moments when I am left wondering what to work on next that I fill with panicky thoughts!
5// "Put the glass down". As Jake always reminds me; sometimes you need to stop worrying about whether the glass is half full or half empty and just put it down on the table - it's heavy! This always helps me when I get into anxiety mode.
Here are some more resources that have helped me in the past:
>>> Alan Watts - what a man. This animation always puts things into perspective for me!
Are there any fellow panic-ers out there? How do you deal with stress and anxiety?