There is no better subject than this to start the year. So this video is for you, if you experience the following:
- You have difficulty finishing your projects.
- You have dreams and goals, and you do not know how to fulfill them.
- You have friends or relatives who go through this problem,
and you do not know what to say.
- Or maybe you just want to reinforce your production routine.
It is true that there are times when you cannot do an activity, but you should know that if you abuse the excuse “I do not have time” you will not see much progress in what you want to do.
Let me share a fact of life:
“If you have the freedom to choose to do something, you will choose not to do it. “
It’s not that you do not have time to draw or write, it’s because you do not give it the importance it deserves.
It’s that simple. If you do not give it the importance it deserves, you will not do it even if your dream is to make a living doing it. You suffer from the “I’ll do it tomorrow” syndrome. And this gives you the confidence to feel that you have time. But unfortunately, it is a natural reflection of the human being that you have to defeat. And I will share with you the weapons to do it.
Please, give the importance it deserves to your goals and dreams stipulating deadlines. Commit yourself to do it in a way that you cannot go back, that you feel pressure to finish it or that you have to go through serious consequences.
So here are the five ways to commit to completing a project and you can choose one or several of them:
- Announce your project to the public. You do not need to have 100 or 1,000 followers to do it, with your friends and family is enough. Post on your social network that you are working on a project that will take you a week, a month, or a year to complete and that you will be sharing your progress. (You do not have to reveal everything if you do not want to, but at least daily sneak peaks). Show up every day; it’s critical to grow your audience.
- Say YES to few things and NOT too many others. All entrepreneurs, successful people and entrepreneurs, apply this method. You have to say yes to the things that will put you closer to your goal and NOT the things that will take you away from it or that do not contribute much to its development. You have to say no to parties, not to video games, not to watching series, not to things that do not benefit you to produce. I do not tell you to isolate yourself, or do not take breaks, or do not watch TV. The breaks are excellent to get out of the burden and the mental block, only moderate your consumption of entertainment without sacrificing your concentration and commitment to finish something. Instead of leaving your personal projects for later, let yourself be distracted by the banal entertainment. It is you who makes consumer products and not the consumer.
- Join a community. Being part of a community that hopes to see the success that you will have at the end of your project can be very powerful and motivating for you to conclude. Plus you may be getting valuable feedback. It’s something similar to showing you daily on social networks. The only difference is that in a community you meet with colleagues or people with the same interest in common where you share the progress of your projects. Not everyone in the group has to be working on something; they can be just enthusiasts. The important thing here is that you feel the commitment to them to demonstrate that you can finish your project.
- Use the “Daily Goals” method. Every Sunday night, before bedtime you can write down the daily goals during the week. And check them once you finish them. If you do, you will feel guilty-free the following Sunday and with the satisfaction that you are making progress in your project. Or, make your to-do list and check it every night to plan what you are going to do the next day. Waking up in the morning and knowing what you have to do, is a small gift that you give to start working with energy.
- Creates serious consequences. If you do not finish today’s goal, or fail to complete the personal project you are working on on the deadline, you create a consequence. For example: if you do not finish today’s illustration, you will not be able to watch Netflix, or your favorite series, or play that video game you love. And commit to it! I have put it into practice, and two things happen:
- If I finish it on time, it is very satisfying to feel that I have received a reward for an achievement, which I deserve it. Because otherwise, I would feel guilty about sacrificing my production time, for distractions or entertainment.
- Or, let’s say your recreational activity is at 8:00 PM, but you still do not finish your drawing, and you end up late, and you’re so tired that you cannot play the video game anymore and you prefer to get some sleep. Doing this creates a feeling of frustration at not being able to play the video game, but it feels so good to know that you can think you got a reward by finishing what you had proposed.
In the long run creating brings more benefits for you and others than creating nothing at all. Entertaining clears you, but I suggest not to confuse clearing with laziness.
- Creating gives you the advantage of being better at what you’re doing.
- Finding your author voice.
- Inspiring others.
- Learning new techniques.
- Finishing projects.
- Making money from it.
- Building an audience.
- Teaching others what you do.
Do you see that it has more benefits to creating than not to do it?
I have even created jobs, because two people work with me, a colorist and an inker. Some people tell me: “I play video games to get rid of the stress.” Stress can disappear with the satisfaction of your achievements, with the emotion involved in improving something and making mistakes to learn to do it better or with the joy of creating something that you’re passionate.
If you’re waiting for that lucky break, or you think the best time to do it is after and it’s to come, let me tell you something: It will never happen.
All the entrepreneurs or people who struggle for their dreams, run into obstacles. Life is full of them; the thing is to know how to deal with them, and I have shared information that is precious and very helpful. Put these five ways forward in your projects and always remember this: “If you have the freedom to choose to do something, you will choose not to do it. “
You read the next article called: “Do less and produce more, I tell you how.”
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Ah! And please tell me: What are the main obstacles you have when you start a project? Tell me about it by leaving your comment below.