There’s about a million articles on how to grow your business, how to market yourself, what to do and how to do it and when to do it and who to do it for or with and why you should do it a certain way.
It’s a bit overwhelming to say the least! Not to mention developing the actual craft of doing whatever it is you’re doing, especially anything digital. There’s updates and changing trends, tips and trips, and just plain ol’ honing your craft.
Maybe it’s because everyone around me is in ‘Spring Cleaning’ mode, but I feel like I need to de-clutter my mind. And in the future, be more mindful of the information I pay attention to and trust.
Lately, I feel like my mind is too crowded with so much ‘guidance’, it’s difficult to hear my own thoughts and ideas. This is NOT a good place to be in as a designer since the goal is to create new things, new ideas and are expected to make unique connections. It’s pretty much impossible to do that if those new thoughts and ideas always have to pass through a checkpoint of what the ‘rules’ say about it or what am I ‘supposed’ to do.
I’m pretty fed up with it.
So, I’ve decided to devote the month of April to tuning out all the chatter and tuning in to my own inner voice. How you ask? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. I’m not going to post a bulleted list out of pure spite and rebellion.
Already, I can hear the inner protest:
“But the only way you can learn is to do what others do!”
“You need to seek out, hear and take advice all the advice you can get! Otherwise you’ll grow arrogant and egotistical!”
“Why don’t you think you need guidance? Do you know everything already?!”
There’s a time and a place, friend. Only doing what others have done, doing what you’re told, doing what you have to, and following other’s advice only gets you so far. And, if that’s all you do, you become hollow with no real substance. Right now, I feel like a hollow shell lined with should do’s and need to’s without a real reliable inner source to connect everything.
I guess you just have to start somewhere and run with it until you can hear yourself again.
Maybe that’s the trick – pay attention to the information that inspires you, not the kind that scolds you.