Throughout our lives, we are taught that “giving up” is predominantly a bad thing. Of course, there is a very negative stigma associated with the phrase, and generally it -would- be a bad thing. But that depends on what you’re giving up. If you’re talking about a destructive drug habit or a damaging relationship, “giving up” on those behaviors or states of being could very well be one of the best thing you could do for yourself.
But I’m going to take it back a notch and talk about this in relation to creativity, and specifically the Voice Over realm…because I’m a weirdy and my world revolves around helping others to create worlds (hey…that could be a nice slogan…I’m trademarking that).
I recently came across a blog post written by the illustrious Derek Chappell. In it, he talks about some things that hold us back from a fuller version of ourselves – such as Complacency, Fear, and Self Doubt. Talk about being counter-productive – these emotions can be downright crippling. Trust me, I’m an expert.
If these feelings are left to sit, it is very hard to pull yourself out of that slump. The longer you let it fester, the harder it is to do what you actually want to accomplish. Something I’ve found that helps me pull myself up by Bootstrap’s-Bootstraps is to have an accountability partner. If you can find someone who helps motivate you, or you can talk to about being in a rut, a lot of the time they can encourage you to get back on the horse and give it another go. This could be a family member, friend, or peer.
Another invaluable commodity to have would be a mentor, or figure you look up to that’s currently doing what you envision yourself doing. I’ve found that if you draw inspiration from the people you dream of working with one day, you will have a much more solid plan of action, and clear line of sight on a GOAL.
Which brings me to my last thought – I’ve personally never been one to write checklists, but it can be extremely useful to have a plan, or way of measuring progress. Give yourself checkpoints along the way to strive towards, because segmenting a seemingly unmanageable task can be an effective way to stay on target with what you need to accomplish. This is personal, and different for every person…but I would encourage you to really sit down and think about where you want to be in the next measurable period of time (6 months, 1 year?) and hold yourself to that plan. Give yourself checkpoints along the way to split it into manageable chunks, and have someone who you can talk to about your progress. Sometimes we just need a little kick in the behind to get us going again. 🙂
If you have suggestions, thoughts, comments, concerns, ulcers or epileptic seizures caused by something related to this blog, feel free to leave a comment! I would love to hear about some other things that you do to help keep yourself motivated and on-task!