Every day life tips!
If you're looking for personal growth, or tips to stay creatively driven. Maybe these will help!
Motivation is definitely not something that is a constant entity within myself. I'd like to think of myself as a driven individual at a general level, so I'm not sure where the borderline is in regards to having those perfectly normal funky days. There are plenty of moments where I get bummed out and go into the normal cycle of "bleh" and depression, but I try and incorporate that into my work whether it be writing, photography, or drawing, playing music, etc. Sometimes I end up just watching movies and cuddling with cats. Alas, on those Downie-Debbie-Days I always try to remind myself of how far I've come, and to be grateful of the gifts and opportunities I have been given. I also try to isolate myself so I don't reflect my issues on others.
Parts of this may sound obvious to some, but here are a few things I've learned that are extremely helpful. Most of these are just things I try to remind myself of on a daily basis.
The first and most primary key is to keep doing it because you love it. That should be obvious right? I think all of us who have worked hard to move ourselves forward have experienced what it feels like to conform for a period of time and wear a uniform we don't want to wear. It's a good lesson to learn. I don't regret any of it because it helped motivate me to get cracking on finding a workplace where I can be myself, and incorporate my artistic interests within my community.
Never create for the attention you may receive from others, (at least if you want to keep it "pure") or because you feel like you need to live up to another person's standards. For your own peace of mind, your own self-expression. This goes for any interest or passion. Sticking with doing what you love, you're more likely to get raw results, and you'll keep your natural drive. Staying true to yourself as well as others you will also be more likely to attract the right path and the right crowd. I'm not implying anyone go impulsively quit their day job, always have a fallback plan! Unless you feel you can work it out that way, then I applaud and support your motivated!
Live in the moment....But don't lack to make goals and plans for your future.
To be honest, I simply see too many people mistaking laziness for living in the moment. Have tons of fun in life, and you don't always have to have a schedule of plans. Remember to prioritize and stay focused, and remember that even if it's not fun it probably has a great lesson to teach you in the end. Trust me, it's not overrated to be focused and organized. As the "cool kids" and laid back radical rebels will tell you, finding ways to be organized and prioritized so you can function the way you need to is quite exhilarating. I've lost many friendships and disappointed plenty of people (who now don't matter) because I've chosen to stop partying and participating in other recreational practices in order hunker down to find out how I want to go where I want to go. Amazing to see who sticks around in these types of moments, but it's worth finding out who truly supports you.
P R I O R I T I Z E
Capital letters, in big red letters....Because it's a big one! Once again, applicable to you more or less, depending on where you want to go and how far you want to get. Everyone has different goals and works at their own pace.
Learning how to prioritize and ultimately stay focused does wonders no matter what you want to pursue. Even if you're simply starting a new exercise plan, or a bettering your diet. The best part is, you can do it in your own way!
I've always been sort of the "scattered" mind -type so it's taken many years to refine my own discipline and manage events efficiently, sometimes I still get mixed up. Things are always changing, and I'm always looking for better ways to manage a busy schedule. (Some people recommend not being so busy, but I may as well use my youth while I can, right? I've gotten to the point where I love every minute of what I do anyways. *knocks on wood*)
Being mostly self taught, I have had to learn to manage my time wisely. No, I'm not perfect at it, but when I began to really get driven to thrive I started to get up early every day and sought out ways to feed my motivation, even if I had nothing planned. It was important for me to do that because at the time I was only working weekends as a cook, so there was a lot of down time during weekdays but I tried my best to use that time to be out and about. Staying busy, even on days now when I'm not working at the store or the studio, there is always something going on that feeds my creative side and keeps my gears spinning, even if it's downtime spent watching a documentary and doodling. Restlessness channeled through constant occupation….Story of my life.
Invest time first, then money.
You don't need a collection of expensive materials, especially when you're still honing yourself. Start with the basics. Experiment, and see where you'll end up. Trial and error are inevitable preparations for the future, take them as lessons not permanent faults! Get to know your local friendly professionals and community members. Have them teach you what they know. If you like reading, go to a local bookstore and read up on what you want to learn about, what you're unfamiliar with, where you want to get better. Take notes, draw pictures, diagrams, watch videos.
Know that your progress will take time. Patience is the most valuable lesson to learn! Personal progression happens as you keep working and pushing yourself, so stay focused but remember that the world will work with you in it's own ways at it's own pace as well. Slow progress is still progress! I find that a lot of people are too eager for quick success, and often times that is the reason why we start to give up, because things are not flowing in like we imagined they would. When you stop measuring your success and just live every day knowing that you're simply moving forward, things start to fall into place. It's a never-ending journey, there is always something to learn. I never consider myself an expert at anything, even if I know a lot about it. So I just live every day one step at a time, and keep my eyes open for opportunities for personal growth.
Note, this is only what I live by. This is my personal "rule" list, which is defied at times, like any other art enthusiast has experienced. You don't need to live with the same outlook to be creative and driven! This is simply food for thought. :)