It’s not so much the work that keeps me going. Honestly the work can be truly mundain. And it’s not the amazing ways I spend my time off that keeps me going though it is a reason I work so hard to be able to have a certain lifestyle of world travel with my family.
What keeps me going is the craving to be innovative. It started with the pottery. Each year we would return to a city our customer and our galleries would ask, “what new offerings to you have for us this year?”
I had to practice forcing myself to make sure I could give everyone what they needed, more stuff and new stuff. To keep up with the demand I would have to appease them and keep them collecting our work.
This is a practice. I have been doing this since 1998. Every single year, typically if and when I hit a time in production that is slower, I practice these actions.
1. Renew yourself with the quieting if your mind. This is something from the Bible. if you follow me at all I am a confessed terrible Christian. I read books by others about the Bible, attend church sparsely, but love the wisdom, strength and grace God gives me. I am blessed to have a pastor who reminds me of the God I love, he is kind, forgiving and non-judgmental.
I take time for myself early in the mornings to read something positive or simply sit and imagine everything I can be and do.
2. Set a goal to find 5 new ways, things, styles, people to incorporate into your business. This can take some thought, and time but keep a list and think hard about what you might want to incorporate in the next year into your work.
3. Copy like a creative- research others in your field and copy them. Once you try something new you will find ways to make it yours and work for you.
4. Find a seminar or networking event outside your field and ask everyone at your table how they do business, what is their model. Just do it. No excuses.
5. Take an online course to learn a new skill and then find a users group and meet others doing those things you want to learn. I’m taking a coding class now and just have to find the time to make it to a users group meeting about an hour away, ugh.
Try these hacks and see what works for you. I found that over the years I end up with 2 or 3 that stick and take us to the next level. Even just doing the research will set you apart from others in your field, area, what ever. Don’t make excuses, don’t wiggle out of it, just get into the first three and you’ll feel the momentum of change under your feet. Others are attracted to those moving forward, you’ll find new people coming to you for no obvious reason other than you are the light of change.