Trust me, I get it. I used to set goals all the time. In fact, I looked forward to it. There’s something thrilling about writing down everything you want to accomplish, isn’t there? But after years of failing, learning, and analyzing, I’ve realized that the cons tend to outweigh the pros. Besides, apparently only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
Creating a personal brand for yourself is very difficult. (Well, at least for me it has been.) But I've finally got some direction for taking my personal brand to the next level.
“I could have a blog. I have thoughts.” - Julie, from the movie Julie & Julia.
A couple nights ago, after a good day of being productive, I had the house to myself for the night, so I made dinner and put on a movie I hadn't seen before. It was “Julie & Julia”. No one recommended it to me and I had never heard of it before. I found it on Netflix and decided to give it a shot.
Do you ever have those days when all you do is “get in the zone”? I mean those days when you're completely focused on one project, task, or creation, that you forget to do anything else. For some reason, you wake up with an urge to do that one particular thing, and the next thing you know, it's 3:00 and you still haven't eaten anything. Those are the best days!
A few months back, I attempted a 30-day photography challenge. I had a schedule for each day of the month, and each day had a "theme" as my focus. They were fun and creative ideas such as the sky, mountains, the color purple, etc., but I began to realize there wasn't enough structure to it. I didn't have a defined goal for the end of the month, and I had no clear direction as to how I'd improve.
Yesterday I shared that I need to be more intentional with my daily writing, so I've come up with some solutions. These are just slight changes that I'm going to make temporarily, and the idea is to keep making adjustments every so often. I might make adjustments every two to three weeks, but playing it by ear might be the best option.
Lately I’ve been thinking that it might be beneficial to have a resource to go to for quick inspiration. Some place to keep everything that inspires me to move forward with my goals, and keep me on the right track. Everyone struggles with staying on top of things, but I don’t think we give enough credit to inspiration. We tend to only focus on goals and tasks, but we wouldn’t have those things if we first didn’t have passions or interests.
“Just keep swimming.” - Dory
I think everyone is born with the opportunity to use creativity. Of course, defining creativity is a difficult challenge, but I think the truth is that it comes in different forms. However, the moment creativity becomes your chosen mindset, you’re inviting yourself into a world of rejection. Anyone who chooses to live a different life will automatically draw a crowd.
On the rare occasions I’ve had writer’s block, I’ve seen a pattern of it not being the lack of ideas, but an overflow of them. It’s more a result of the fact that there’s lots on my mind to share, but the idea that it only makes sense to share one idea is what stops me from writing. I get caught in a cycle, not knowing where to start, and my head becomes overwhelmed.
News flash: you don’t only have to be good at one thing. Also, if you’re embarrassed to try something new, then maybe you believe that mentality more than you realize.