I blog lots about different “things” to get your creativity flowing. So this is a little off the path from an actual thing. It’s called commitment and courage.
Without commitment, you cannot succeed. Without courage, you cannot commit. All the creativity in the universe won’t help you succeed without either one.
I didn’t start drawing or taking pictures because I want to impress. In fact, most of the time, the opinions, and drama of others pushes me to find that escape I get from creating.
Trying to make a go of a creative business takes courage. Trying to make anything successful takes courage.
“Success isn’t final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
If you haven’t experienced failure yet, you will. It’s OK. Trust me. It’s from the failures we learn what doesn’t work. It’s how we grow.
You as a creative are constantly growing and learning. This creative life isn’t finite. There is no end.
Your Courage Drives You
No one is a bigger driver of your creativity than you. Look in the mirror.
Ask yourself where you are and where you want your art and creativity to be. You must push yourself to success.
It’s totally possible. Find the courage that’s within you and use it. No one else will do this for you. It’s hard. Trust me.
One of the most inspirational stories ever written, in my opinion, was the Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, (I encourage you to read a physical copy of the books which you can get here.)
The epic journey of Frodo and Sam. The humble beginnings of leaving the Shire all the way to Mordor. Think about it. Think about the courage involved. That courage turned into a commitment.
A promise to finish what they started. To save not themselves, but everyone. To save the world. I’m not asking you to save the world. I’m telling you to have the courage to commit to yourself that you will do what you want. You have to commit.
Commitment Is Doing What You Don’t Want To Do
You’re never going to like everything you have to do to build your business, your career, a new garage.
You get what I’m saying. That’s where the commitment kicks in. You have to do the little things, every little thing, to get to where you want to go.
Accept the stuff you don’t want to do and go with it.
Plan it out. Write it down. Make a list and stay productive. But do the stuff you don’t want to do.
Find that courage that first got you started on building a creative business. What pushed you to be an artist? What pushed you to write? Who came up with the idea of self-publishing?
That courage to dream is the courage to do.
I know I’m a little over the top with the inspirational post this week, but I think it’s extremely important to find your courage and commit to the life you want. It doesn’t have to be art or photography or writing.
Commitment applies to everything in life. Family, friends, exercise, you name it. Stop talking about doing and do it. You have the courage to talk about it, you have the courage to do it.
What motivates you? Where do you get your courage from? Who is the most courageous person in your life?