Starting a new creative venture can be exciting, and also a little scary. Many of us hesitate to try something new because not only do we know we will suck at it at first, but it can also be overwhelming to figure out where to even begin. Sound familiar?
If this is your first time here, understand that when I speak of a creative venture, I mean anything that makes you happy and fulfills you. If you have read anything I have written in the past, I hope I have made that clear that your creativity can look however you choose. So whether your new creative venture is a hobby or a business – or something in between – it can be scary when you first start, it’s no fun to suck at anything.
So how do you gain confidence in your creative venture? Easy. You practice. Then you practice some more.
Confidence comes from practice. Everything gets easier the more often you do it. Creativity takes practice. Driving takes practice. Painting takes practice. Sharing your work takes practice. Writing takes practice. Each part of the creative process takes practice. We all know this, but often we avoid starting new ventures because we know we are going to be bad at them first.
There is a great quote by Maya Angelou, “creativity, the more you use, the more you have.”
It is so true. I feel as though this is the most creative I have ever been. I am flowing with ideas (some good, some bad, some horrible) and I find that if I challenge my creativity each day, it keeps getting better and better. Truthfully, I am not actually more creative now than I was five years ago. I am just practicing my creativity on a daily basis, therefore it seems to come more easily for me compared to when I was not making my creativity a priority in my daily life.
Over the past year, I have tried a lot of things that I have never done before – all related to the creative venture of launching Greens & Blues Co.
- set up a website
- designed a logo
- created an email newsletter
- tried to learn how to take better photos
- writing blog posts/email newsletters
- Contacted people I don’t know and pitched them ideas
I have never done any of these before. I am not a web designer. I am not a graphic designer. I am not a writer. I am not a photographer. I do not know how to market. But, that’s okay. I do not have to be an expert at any or all of these in order to try something new and put myself out there. I learned how to do them by spending hours Googling LOTS of stuff, actually reading the Pins I saved on Pinterest, and putting in the time to try them. In the end, if this (Greens & Blues Co.) is all an epic failure: my courses suck and people hate me, I will have at least tried something new, grown as a human being, and learned a lot of new skills. Not so bad.
Each time I write a new blog post, take photos for my website, or email someone new with an idea it all gets a little bit easier and I get a little better at them. Or at the very least, I THINK I get better at them, so none of them are quite as scary as they were to begin with.
So what do you need to start a new creative venture?
- Your idea. Decide what you creative venture is. (If you need help with that, I wrote about it here and here).
- A plan for embarking on your new creative venture so that you don’t feel overwhelmed and just quit – or worse, not even start. Don’t miss next week’s email for details on this (sign up here to make sure you get it).
- Confidence. How do you gain confidence? You have to put in the work. You have to practice.
Your homework: Between now and next Tuesday, I want you to come up with an idea for a new creative venture – remember it can be a hobby or business, but something new that you will try in order to push yourself creatively. Next Tuesday, we’ll talk about how to start.