Make your hobby, your Career!!!
Here is a list of my top 11 ways to take a spark of an idea and nurture it until it becomes your unique creation that will bring pleasure to all that see it.
1. Take Charge Of Your Schedule
Procrastination is another word for perfectionism. The inner critic — perhaps modeled after some adult in your past who seemed to criticize you — wants everything to be perfect before you dive into your creative project. Since perfection doesn’t actually exist on Earth, this means perpetually delaying your creative work. Perfection is impossible in art, books, movies, food, and other creative endeavors because everyone’s opinions about what is perfect are different.
Unless you are a minor, in the military, or a prisoner, you have the right to choose how to spend your day. Yes, there are responsibilities, and consequences for doing things like skipping work or school. Yes, if you have dependents, then their safety and needs are factors in your schedule. But the bottom line is the whole 24 hours in the day belong to you.
That’s the starting point for getting control over your schedule. If you can save at least one full hour of your day that you will devote to your creative pursuits, your projects will take on form and come to life very quickly. As the angels reminded me, if you write a page a day, in under a year you will have written a book. And it is the same for your creative endeavor.
2. Work Only On What Ignites Your Passion And Excitement
We often get distracted because of boredom. We’re just not that into it, so we look around for something exciting or entertaining.
If there’ any part of the project that is boring you, that’s a signal to cut it. If it bores you, it will bore others. You’re an artist who inspires others. You might relax them but you don’t want to make them yawn.
So if you find yourself avoiding a certain part of the creative project, question why it’s there.
Work only on what ignites your passion, and excitement. It may require diligence and patience, but it’s a labor of love.
3. Don’t Create In Order To Make Money
You may also have times when you feel insecure about moving forward without having a guarantee that this will work. Is it a waste of time, energy, and resources? you may worry. This is especially true if you’ve quit a secure job, or are considering doing so.
Most of us need to earn money to pay our bills and purchase supplies.
You don’t want to depend on your creative work to be the source of your income, though. It’s best to work part-time at an income-producing job so that you don’t have to put pressure on your creative work to support you. Remember, if you’re creating just to make money, this intention lowers the energy of your project…and repels potential customers.
Approaching creativity just for income, or with underlying fears about making money, muddles the project with low vibrational energies.
3. Work Through A Creative Block
Has Your Project Stalled? When you find yourself blocked or distracted while you’re sitting at your creative work space, sometimes it’s helpful to get up and move. The act of gentle exercise and stretching can change your brain chemistry so that you release stress and feel more inspired.
When I was writing my novel, Solomon’s Angels, I felt anxious because it was my first fiction book and it involved so much cultural and historical research. Instead of sitting in front of my computer, trying to conjure a story line, I took a day off and booked a seat on a snorkeling boat, As I sat on the boat, with the wind blowing while I stared at the ocean, I received the inspiration that I needed.
So getting up and stretching or going into nature is a way to inspire yourself to create. Just make sure that your path leads you back to the place where you create.
5. Avoid Those Who Are Hypercritical
Everyone who creates anything does receive some criticism, it’s not whether you will receive criticism but what you do with it that matters. You won’t get swayed by critics if you have a take-charge approach to your creativity. Of course do listen for any themes that come up in feedback from others. If everyone says, for example, that your product packaging needs improving or that your book it filled with typographical errors, that’s constructive feedback.
But if the criticism is bent on killing your dreams, don’t listen to it. I’d advise staying away from those who are hypercritical. At the very least, don’t share your precious newborn dreams with a person who is negative or prone to being a naysayer. Only share your dreams with God, your guardian angels, and people who genuinely will be happy for your success.
6. Believe That Your Dream Will Come True
Know that it will come true if you keep working on it. The way in which dreams come true is usually different from our expectations, but we do ultimately have control over whether they materialize. It’s all about devoting continual daily time and effort to the dream.
7. Spend Your Free Time Wisely
If you are worried that you don’t have the amount of time required for creative work, then know that, yes, you’ll need to make choices about how to spend your time. Is going to the shopping mall really more important than working on your art? It’s a choice. You’re either going to say yes to your creativity or yes to distractions.
8. Know That You Will Always Have Enough Material
This pressure comes from within. If you want to create one masterpiece and then hang up your creativity hat, you have that right. But most likely, you’ll enjoy the process so much (even the stressful parts) that you’ll want to continue creating.
Some creations will be your best work, while others will reflect a more relaxed you.
9. Make Your Deadlines Non-negotiable
Once you get a publishing contract or an art contract, you’ll have due dates from your publisher, manufacturer, or distributor to deliver your product. Before then, it’s helpful to make your own deadlines.
When I got my first book publishing contract, I was ecstatically happy. But then I felt overwhelmed when I realized I had a deadline to finish the book. It seemed like a huge responsibility, one that rested squarely on my own shoulders. No one was going to write the book for me.
So I bought a tea mug that said, “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me,” to inspire me to take responsibility.
I also bought a wall calendar with big daily squares. I wrote in ink so I wouldn’t erase the commitment — “Chapter 1 due,” “Chapter 2 due,” and so on every two weeks.
The key is to turn whatever commitments you make about your creativity into must-dos. They are not in the category of Well, if I have extra time, I’ll get around to it. Treat them as you would an important appointment, because that’s what they are!
10. Use Rejections As Motivators
When creativity is a strong burning desire within you, you have no choice but to continue creating. That drive was what kept me going when my first book was rejected numerous times back in the late 1980’s.
I had sent it to four publishers and each sent a nice form note back saying unfortunately, your book isn’t quite right for us at this time.
There are long lists of creative people being rejected initially from J.K.Rowling to George Lucas and George Orwell.
Before I mustered the courage to submit my book proposals to publishers, I realized I had deep-seated fears that I’d never be published. I almost allowed those fears to talk me out of submitting my book proposal again. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to fear!
Rejection isn’t the end of your creativity world. In some ways, it’s the beginning, if you can channel your passion into making that product no matter what.
As long as you’re holding true to your vision, and true to yourself.
11. Keep A Healthy Lifestyle
A positive and optimistic outlook, healthful eating, and regular exercise especially yoga will all help set you up for optimal creativity. In addition to that consistent sleep hours and full-spectrum sunlight will also help. Finally, try to detox from harmful chemicals.
A healthy body and mind will increase your energy and motivation levels. A healthy lifestyle will make it easier to multitask without getting distracted and will even out the highs and lows thus giving you more inner peace, happiness and consistent energy that can be devoted to your creativity.