Overcoming the Fear of Bringing Your Creative Ideas Into the World

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We all have fears, at least at one point or another, of putting ourselves out there. Especially when you want to create something and put it out into the world. Here are my top four tips on getting over this fear so you can bring your creative ideas to fruition.

Tip #1.

What’s the worst that can happen?

Truthfully ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen if I create my idea and put it out into the world?” Usually the outcome isn’t as bad as wondering, “What if?” years from now if you dropped the idea.

Tip #2.

Do your research

Doing your research first to see if there are actually people out there interested in the solution or idea you are working on can either save yourself a lot of time and energy, or encourage you to move on with the idea. Check how many people are searching for similar topics on Google using the Google keyword tool. Take a look around on Amazon or other websites to see if there are books or classes on the subject.

Tip #3.

Check in with your peeps

Get in touch with some real people who may be interested in what you are creating. Are they excited about the idea? Do you get good feedback on social media when you talk about this topic?

Tip #4.

Take your first step

If you’ve gotten some good feedback on your idea, its time to take that first step in creating your idea. The first step is always the hardest. But in taking that first step, you will gain the courage to finish it.

Everyone has fears, but as long as you take the steps to move past it, you can do anything!

Have you ever had fears about creating something and putting it out into the world? Tell us your story in the comments below!

The World is Ready for You

Did you ever as a kid wish that you were from another time period? I know I did. Ah the Renaissance period where art was considered more than just a craft.  But these days, I’m realizing that right here and now is the absolute best time in history to be a creative soul, and I’m lucky to be living in it.

Do you realize what is happening?  We’ve been coming into a new age. An age that is ideal for us creative types, and its oh so exciting!  

“The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind – computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers.

But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers.” ~Daniel H. Pink

The keys to the kingdom are changing handsThe above quote is from a book called “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future”, which Pink wrote in 2005. He saw it coming long before any of us did.

The world has evolved from the Agricultural Age, to the Industrial Age, to the Information Age, and now (finally!) to the Conceptual Age.

We can thank the internet, and all of the other technologies that have connected us all for this wondeful new creativity age.

Because with these new technologies, we have the opportunity to share with the world our creative side. And because with it, there’s nothing special and exciting about manipulating information anymore.

Bye bye Information Age. Hello New World!

Many individuals and big business are ripping their hair out over this big change though. People are losing their jobs, businesses are going bankrupt. Its a scary time.

Everything we ever knew about business and marketing is getting thrown out the window. One by one the internet is destroying old industries. It began with the music industry, then continued on to the movie industry. And now, publishers have a reason to be really scared.

The rules that these business were built on, don’t apply anymore; so they’re getting out-dated and in turn new, more innovative industries are moving in.

But for some of us, this new conceptual age is starting to excite us and light up our lives. Its a chance to tear up that rule book and find new ways of creating and doing business. 

The ability to be a creative thinker is becoming your biggest asset.

So what does this mean for us creative women? It means that THIS is the best time in all of history to stand up, declare your passions, and make a living from it! Its time for you to stop making those excuses and get your art into the world. 

The world is ready and waiting for you. Are you ready?

Vanquish the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed

Working as a creative professional can be very overwhelming at times. Between answering emails, writing blog posts, packing orders, managing stock,  making time for your creative work, and not to mention the huge to-do list you probably have for your personal home life as well… its easy to feel like there’s just too much to do with too little time. But letting that feeling overcome you, will easily produce a vicious cycle of constant overwhelm. 

For the past week I have been struggling with this myself. I found myself wasting time “organizing my thoughts” and making three page long to-do lists. All the time making myself feel even more overwhelmed because I was avoiding the actual work. Finally, while re-organizing my notebook, I came across some notes on the feeling of overwhelm and I came back to my senses.  

The feeling of being overwhelmed is just a state of mind
which can be altered.

It’s just another emotion based on our fear of the future. Once I remembered this, I got back to reality and realized that I had been going about things all wrong. I cleared my mind and reminded myself to take things one at a time. Its all about focus. If your running around like crazy worrying about everything that needs to be done, and trying to do it all at once… guess what, NOTHING will get done. 

Instead, give this a try:
Write down, in order of importance, no more than five of the most important things you need to. (Really, it should be more like three. Three is way easier to tackle, plus its my favorite number!) Then, tackle the first thing on your list. Focus on just that one thing and work on it until its finished. Next, do the same with the second item, and so on, until its time to quit for the day. Don’t stress too much if you don’t get everything on your list finished. Be proud of the fact that you got the most important task finished, then work on the rest tomorrow.

The reason this will work, is because not only are you focusing on one item at a time, but you’re only allowing yourself to see a short to-do list. It gives you the empowerment that you can get these things done. 

So, take back control, and get yourself focused! Your mind and business will thank you for it. 

Do you struggle with being overwhelmed often? What do you do to overcome this feeling?
Leave a comment below!