When you are a creative person, that quality becomes so embedded in your identity. Art of any kind is very personal. When you see a piece of art, regardless of the medium, you are seeing a piece of someone’s heart and soul coming to fruition. Not only that, but creativity can be closely tied to self-esteem. Putting things into the world from its first inception as an idea to a full-grown concept or material gives a creative person sense of purpose and pride. Because of this, you likely dream of pursuing your creative passion as a career.
As someone who connects creativity heavily to their self-worth and professional goals, I know first-hand how difficult it can be when you don’t have enough opportunities to create. This can be because of a current job, school, the stress of everyday life, etc. In those moments, it’s hard to stay motivated to keep going and pursue your goals, both personally and professionally. For myself, I have these moments of extreme tension where it feels like ideas are swelling within me and I’m on the verge of bursting. However, I have to keep them bottled so I can maintain focus on my daily responsibilities as a working professional. There’s also the ever-reliable self-doubt that creeps in, wondering if you actually have what it takes and questioning if it’s even possible when there are so many other things that need to take priority.
It can be frustrating, but the reality of the situation is that life is more than just one thing, and the older you get the more it’s going to feel like a juggling act. The best way to deal with it is through learning, practice, and keeping perspective. I try to do this whenever I start doubting myself or what I’m doing. It has helped me significantly, so I wanted to share my thoughts in the hopes that maybe it will help you too.
Accordingly, here is how to stay motivated as a creative entrepreneur.
Create your personal definition of success.
With the highlight reel that people present online, it’s easy to get consumed in the downward spiral of comparing yourself to others. However, true success is completely subjective, and it begins with two questions: “What do you truly want to accomplish in your life?” and “What values are most important to you?”
The moment you realize success is entirely determined by you, the world will feel lighter. Understanding yourself on this deeper level will help you push aside the areas of your life taking up unnecessary space. This will leave room for more growth and more energy spent on what actually means something to you.
Keep sight of your goals.
Feeling lost in daily monotony can happen in the blink of an eye, and you may resent it. However, it is important to keep perspective on the big picture of the goals you are working toward. If you’re not where you want to be, what are you doing to get there? If you take a moment to recognize that what you’re doing connects to your goal in some way, it’s much easier to stay motivated.
Patience and perseverance also connect to this, as most meaningful accomplishments do not happen overnight.
Manage your time wisely.
As a creative entrepreneur, swarms of ideas and tasks likely flood your schedule. The key is to stay on top of it with effective time-management, but it’s easier said than done. Two ways that I have learned to manage my time better are:
- Make lists. It’s the oldest trick in the book because it really is crucial. Having a tangible account of your ideas or upcoming commitments will help you stay organized and on top of it all. It’s also really satisfying to check things off once they’re done.
- Don’t think about it, just do it. When I feel like I have a million and one things to accomplish, I try not to dwell on it. Otherwise, my anxiety takes over and prevents me from getting anything done. Instead, I take each step one at a time and do my best not to overthink it.
Take care of yourself.
As busy as you may get, self-care is so important. This can be as simple as eating nutritiously, eating enough, showering regularly, and taking time to exercise. Ultimately, you’re not going to be at your peak productivity if you are not taking care of your mind and body.
Set time aside for creativity.
Free time is rarely going to present itself, so you need to set time aside specifically for creative endeavors. For example, I’m a night owl, so I’m taking advantage of the uninterrupted silence at 2 AM to write this blog post. Because you are a creative person, giving your imagination space to flourish will automatically feel like free time well spent.
Appreciate where you’ve come from, where you are, and where you’re going. At this moment, I promise you there are things to be grateful for; find them and keep them with you as reasons to move forward.
Spend time with the people you love.
When you can’t rely on yourself to stay motivated, look to the people in your life that lift you up and inspire you. Your closest relationships will be a constant source of support in the winding journey of your creative career path.
I hope these reminders help you as much as they’ve helped me, and I wish you all the best.6