I’m real good at pretending.
Pretending that I absolutely need to spend hours on facebook or blogs for “networking” and “inspiration.” Lately I’ve noticed a huge jump in my productivity just from taking small steps to be accountable to other humans about what I’m doing for my biz. Simply writing “I’ll follow up next Monday” in an email makes me 438 times more likely to do it!
I bet that never happens to you, though. I bet you never find yourself wondering, Where did my morning go? Or finding opportunities have passed that you meant to follow up on, or discovering you never read that magazine article you saved…
As right-brained creatives, it’s easy to get lost in our own swirly, whimsical heads and find, to our dismay, that we haven’t actually done anything about X, Y, or Z that we’ve been thinking about for months. We eat up free business resources, other people’s website critiques, flashy articles about how to attract our target clients or make ten times the money we made last year.
But take a second, and get on the self-awareness boat: how many of those resources, articles, and fancy doodads have you actually implemented? How many times did you actually hustle your buns and DO what that business guru/youtube video/creativelive presenter advised?
Yeah. Me too.
No one was there to ask me if I did, so what did it really matter, right? It feeds our never-ending need to dissect the success of others while simultaneously believing it can’t possibly work for us. She’s successful because she’s prettier/smarter/has been in business longer, we rationalize. If it’s out of our control we can keep throwing ourselves some rockin’ pity parties and not actually get off the couch to do anything.
This is a big part of the reason why I’m so excited to announce that I’m offering mentoring in 2013. I’m thrilled at the prospect of being the one who keeps you accountable for doing the things you know you need to do to make the art you know you were born to make.
I’m passionate about helping other artists (ah, hey, that’s you!) gain confidence in their artistic decisions and find their voice and vision.
We’ll cut through guilt and “shoulds” to create a business and life you really love.
Together we’ll discover, define, and hone your gifts–so you can see how your unique talents can be used to further your art, creativity, and your life.
I’ve created a curriculum to meet these goals, and I’d be thrilled if you’d come along for the ride.
It’s an investment in yourself, your talent, and your business–a way of validating to yourself and the world that you matter, your business is important, and your art is worthwhile. It is.
I can’t wait to help you reach your artistic and business goals!
The cool thing is: I’m offering mentoring in oodles of forms so you have the chance to get what you really need. Is it a consultation just to talk about what you’re struggling with? A guided shoot to help ease your insecurities about everything from camera settings to posing? A step-by-step discovery of what makes you unique as an artist? Photographers and other creatives alike, get your cute bum in big-bad-business gear and let’s do this thang!
Learn more about all the mentoring options in the pdf here.
P.S. Here’s your challenge: in the next two minutes, make yourself accountable to someone for that thing you’ve been wanting to do–even if it’s as simple as a blog post you’ve been meaning to write. Tell someone you’re gonna do it, and tell her when she can expect it! Shablazam! More productivity.