You Don’t Have to Like It
You Just Have to Do It
“Strength and growth only come through continuous effort and struggle.” ~ Napoleon Hill
Brace yourself for some truth… There are some times you don’t feel like it. You could be living the life that everyone dreams about with all of the resources, independence, and joy that comes from a creative dream come true, and still there will be times where you wake up and don’t want to do something. There WILL BE things that you have to do along this journey toward creative independence that you WILL NOT like. If you are a writer, you might hate the business side of things. If you are a painter, you might hate networking. Photographer? Maybe you don’t like writing or doing marketing. Most creatives would prefer only to create, but the world doesn’t work like that.
The Difference Is Mindset
There’s a book I read as a teenager about a Navy SEAL that described his training, his time in the military, and some of his philosophies, one of which has stuck with me for the past decade and a half. That is, “You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.” The beauty of this quote is in it’s simplicity. Even if you “make it” as a creative, there will be tasks that you would rather not have to do. You don’t have to like them, you just have to do them.
This is a primary differentiator between someone that is successful and someone that isn’t. Those that achieve success demonstrate determination and grit to do what needs to be done, even if they hate doing it. Today, as you go through your day, think about the things that you don’t want to do, the things you don’t like, and ask yourself a couple of questions.
>Why don’t I like it?
>Am I being lazy or apathetic because I don’t like it?
>Is this task preventing me from accomplishing something important?
Think about these questions, answer them honestly, and then act accordingly. If your ignored tasks are the result of dislike alone, if you are being lazy or apathetic, or if they are preventing you from moving forward on a project or goal, grit your teeth and just do them. You don’t have to like/enjoy the process, you just have to do it! Just remember, the more quickly you finish the frustrating tasks, the more quickly you will be able to return to those tasks you are passionate about.
Working on something unpleasant takes effort. It is the consistency and willingness to engage in whatever needs done that differentiates professionals from amateurs, the successful from the floundering. It all comes down to a choice.
Will you choose to do it even though it isn’t fun?
Creativity is a lifelong journey with starts and stops throughout. Frequently, creatives feel alone and vulnerable and that they are stuck inside a box and are too scared to break out. They fear the voices of negativity, aren’t sure how to begin, are unclear on who they are, and are sick and tired of starting projects only to become overwhelmed and leave their projects behind. I’ve created a short free download that discusses these tendencies and gives you practical ideas and tips that you can implement TODAY to make a change and to move forward on your creative journey. You can access this free download at the link below.