The route to success is a journey to the top–a journey where you soar higher than you could ever imagine. It is an exhilaration that very few people have the privilege to experience.
Success is a scary journey, one with turbulence. Not unlike flying as a passenger on an airplane. There may come points where you start to get scared as the plane shakes during takeoff. There is a feeling inside you that fears that the plane will crash. And that fear is very real because there are instances where planes do in fact crash.
Just as there are projects out there with high budgets that fail miserably, businesses that close their doors and go bankrupt, and worst of all, dreams that are crushed and brought to a screeching and disastrous halt just before they have a chance to make an impact.
Achieving success is literally no different than buckling your seat belt and letting fate be your pilot. Luckily for you, today we’re going to discuss how you can deal with all the overwhelming emotions you feel while getting off the ground.
So let’s take to the friendly skies and figure out how to embrace creative turbulence!
Things can get pretty tough in entertainment. Especially when you have everything riding on one idea. While you’re trying to make it happen, everyone around you is doing their own thing. In fact, people around you are already succeeding while you are still preparing.
At some point you may start to feel fear. Fear that you’ll be forgotten and left behind. The thing about fear is that it forces you to doubt yourself and your ability to succeed.
It’s that voice in your head telling you that you aren’t doing enough. It’s that feeling in your gut that lets you know that if you mess up everything is finished. It’s that small desire in the back of your mind that makes you want to quit.
Everyone experiences it, especially people who are already successful. After all, there are plenty of cases out there of people going from rags to riches to rags. Truly successful people know this, which is why they always play it smart long after they have achieved their goals.
While fear can work against you, it can be a powerful tool to motivate you to work even harder so that your success is possible. In fact, if you don’t experience fear on some given level throughout your creative endeavor, then you’re a fool.
Fear cannot be mastered so don’t even bother trying. When you start to feel like your only option is to quit, remember that. You cannot escape fear so instead use it to drive yourself.
Think of fear as motivation not limitation.
You ever get nervous? You ever worry that you’re screwed financially, have barely enough time to work on your creations, and concern that your head will explode?
Good. That’s normal.
Now unlike fear, anxiety can go away. It just takes a little getting used to. Let me give you an example in the form of a metaphor, which ties everything back to–you guessed it, flying!
Over the last two years I have made 8 trips, back and forth, from Chicago to Kazakhstan. Where is Kazakhstan? It’s in Central Asia. Right over here;
Its 16 hours of flight time plus a 3-hour layover, if I’m lucky. I once spent 12 hours hanging out in Frankfurt Airport.
Anyway, I had never flown so much before and the first few times I flew to Kazakhstan I was nervous as hell. I worried about going to some unknown part of the world where anything could happen.
But by my third trip, I was relaxed. Now, these trips to Kazakhstan are a breeze. It’s such an easy flight! I don’t even count the hours. I just kick back and enjoy the ride.
The same exact thing happens when you’re starting a new project or several. It takes time for things to settle. So if you’re feeling nervous at first, that’s okay. Eventually, you’ll get used to it and things will fall into place.
Anxiety does go away. It just takes a little bit of time, patience, and control so don’t give up. No matter how stressed you may get at some points. It pays off to stick to what you’re doing because eventually you get used to it and learn to enjoy it immensely!
There are some people who may have serious issues when it comes to anxiety and so I would recommend that if you’re still feeling a mix of strong negative emotions for an extended period of time, don’t ignore it. Talk to someone who can help you get on the right path.
When things pick up and you’re busy producing work it can sometimes get overwhelming. Your mind might start to go off in various directions until it suddenly feels like you’re not getting anything done.
Lets say you have something that you need to do and you’re putting it off because your attention is somewhere else and you know that the clock is ticking so you start to feel lost because for the moment, you are distracted and unless you figure it out, you’re screwed!
If you’re a creator, then you’re bound to get distracted at some point or another. So in order to get things done you need to set priorities and instill in your mind that certain things needs to get done within certain time frames.
Failure to meet deadlines can result in your project being cancelled and can make it very difficult for you to find future work. There are so many talented artists that get picked up, have careers, fall off the wagon and are forgotten.
Don’t let that happen to you! Stay on top of things and be patient. Just because you can’t feel the creative flow coming to you right away doesn’t mean that it’s not coming to you at all. You just have to stick with it and dig deeper. The answers will come when you are ready to find them.
If you’re feeling scatterbrain, that is okay. In fact, you may come up with some of your most brilliant ideas when you let your mind wonder. Just remember to collect yourself and don’t forget about your priorities.
As you can see, fear, anxiety and distraction can be seen as harmful as well as helpful to getting you on the path of success. So don’t be discouraged or feel like you have no right to experience these very real emotions. You are human and it’s going to happen. So instead of denying it, accept it and allow these emotions to help you thrive!
A friend of mine told me the other day that he loves airplane turbulence. He loves the exhilaration of knowing that something can happen at any given moment. But deep down he knows that it won’t so he calls turbulence nature’s bluff. Personally, I think he’s out of his mind but I completely understand what he means.
Success is not for the faint of heart. You’ve got to seek it and go through all kinds of psychological battles in order to work through the turbulence, especially in the beginning. So never give up! Nothing is impossible!