As creatives and content creators, our mindsets and the way we approach the day have a huge impact on our work. Whilst unhealthy mindsets can leave us feeling stressed, anxious and disheartened, others leave us feeling inspired, joyful and fulfilled.
Today I wanted to share my thoughts on gratitude and its ability to radically change the way that we perceive our creative work, helping us to consistently show up for our audiences.
This is for you if:
- You're feeling disheartened at the distance between your present work and where you want to be.
- You come away from your work feeling anxious.
- You've fallen out of love with creating content.
- You are struggling with perfectionism and want to share content more consistently.
Cultivating a habit of gratitude is a great place to begin carving out a joyful creative process that leaves you feeling happier about yourself as a creative and the wonderful things you produce.
Creativity is necessarily accompanied by the imaginative desire to improve. We can see where we want to be and this healthy comparison between this and our present work can motivate us to continually push ourselves outside of our comfort zone.
However, if we continue to cultivate this feeling of lacking on a day to day basis, it is all too easy to become disheartened.
If you spend too long looking at the huge distance between where you are now and where you want to be you can easily forget to stop and enjoy the journey along the way.
This is where gratitude comes in.
When you recognise all the things to be grateful for, the paralysing stress and anxiety created by these self imposed feelings of inferiority are replaced with a tremendous desire to make the most of the incredible opportunities available to you.
The most beautiful part of cultivating healthy mindsets such as gratitude is that this shift is entirely within your own power to achieve. By becoming aware of the unhealthy, paralysing or destructive mindsets with which you approach your work can you begin to replace them with healthier habits.
For example, Here's two different ways I could have approached creating content today:
I wish I didn't have so many things going on in my life. If I had more time to focus I'd be able to create better work.
I wish I had more money to invest in the tools that could make my work better, if I had that [ insert: software, expensive laptop, professional designer, coach e.t.c.] my work would be better.
I wish my content looked more like this person's content.
I wish I didn't find writing such a slow and difficult process.
At best this attitude fosters a grim determination to create content against all odds, at worst it leads me to give up on the day and crawl back into bed.
I'm grateful to the genius' that created the internet which allows me to create my best work and connect with people all over the world.
I am grateful for all the thoughtleaders and creatives that share their thoughts and inspire me daily.
I'm grateful for all the ideas that have been planted in my mind and that brewed together to produce this article today.
I'm grateful for the luxury of time to take a few hours out of my day to do what I love.
After a week in bed with a horrible virus, I'm grateful that I'm feeling happy and healthy and that I'm not surrounded with lemsip and snotty tissues.
Instead of grim determination, with this mindset I feel inspired to work to make the most of the ways in which the universe has conspired in my favour. Instead of a feeling lonely in my creative struggles, I feel a part of a community of creatives sharing ideas and working off the back of previous generations.
Now it's your turn.
What are some of the ways the universe has conspired in your favour today/ this week/ this year/ in your life?