Invest in your creativity
What can you invest in that will give you the highest return for your creative work?
Investing doesn’t always mean money. It can be time, energy or focus.
When you commit to stepping from hobbyist to professional, you will increase that leap tremendously if you invest in your creative work.
That could mean hiring a babysitter so you have several uninterrupted hours to work.
You might take a course to hone your craft, find a mentor, a group to join, or books on your craft.
I experienced years of trying to do it alone and I’ve watched other creatives do the same. We think if we can just sneak off and get a bit done, then someday…someday…when we’re good enough…we’ll get it done and show others.
That is great when you’re enjoying it as a hobby.
It won’t work if you want to take it seriously.
Someday doesn’t exist and there is nothing for your mind to focus on. It is the perpetual carrot in front of the donkey – it can never be grasped and eaten.
Every artist is a beginner and every artist has an area where they need some help and support.
Seek the counsel of those who’ve been where you are and have gone beyond.
I started by buying the Artists Way by Julia Cameron. I had no clue how to evoke my muse or build my confidence or even what the life of an artist looked or felt like. My next step was to find a group of other writers so I wouldn’t feel so alone.
Surround yourself with others who are creatives and who understand the stuff that creatives go through.
Invest in the knowledge and support that will help you expand and build your confidence and skills.
The longer you wait to do this, the more that ‘someday’ will rule your path.