Wednesday, February 17, 2016

defining yourself, your art and creative business

We live in a time where we are bombarded with so much information. Through social media we are able to look into other people's lives, we face advertising and all kinds of messages about the people we should be and the life we should be living and it can be challenging to stay true to yourself or even know who you are and what you stand for. When you are growing a creative business, it can be even more challenging to know what makes you and your business unique. I think the best place to start is to quiet all the noise out there, stop looking at what everyone else is doing and get back to the basics of your life and the things that define you! Before you can set out on a path of growth for a creative career you MUST take time to really reflect and identify all the things that are unique to you.

I feel lucky to have always known that I want to be an artist, having this foundation has helped me stay on the path of working towards my dreams but along the way I've had to do a lot work and reflection about who I am and what makes me unique. Regardless of the place you are at, I think it is so important to take time to "quiet the noise" and really connect with things that make you special and unique. 

Today I wanted to share the things that I reflect on when it comes to defining my art and my creative business.


WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE STORY?
We all have a story that is completely unique. Taking time to think about and reflect on your history will help you be aware of the things that make you different.

WHAT DRIVES YOU OR INSPIRES YOU?

Understanding the things that drive and inspire you will help to keep you productive. Keep in mind that your inspiration and drive may change and evolve over time but staying aware of those things will keep you connected and moving forward toward your goals.



TIP: I like to keep visual inspiration in my office and my creative space. From inspiring quotes to inspiring pictures and goals, keeping reminders of what "drives you" close at hand is always helpful. Since a big part of my business drive these days is providing for my family, I have photos of my family and loved ones all over my office. In those moments when I am feeling "BLAH" or discouraged I am able to be reminded of why I am working hard.




WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?


There is no sense in spending time and energy on things that make you unhappy. I think it is really important to pause to identify the things that bring you joy. Even if these things don't turn into business opportunities, they have the ability to provide authentic inspiration for your art and your business goals. They also have the ability to help you make decisions about your brand as you move forward.





WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?

Taking a little time to identify your strengths and weaknesses can shed light on the things that are working (or not working) in your life. While it is pretty easy to name your success, it can be a little harder to focus on failures and weakness. But understanding your challenges, the things that are not working and areas where you are weak can really help you grow and better define where you want to put your energy.

WHAT OBSTACLES AND CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE?
This is not always a fun question to answer or even think about but understanding the things that get in your way or make your goals and dreams difficult to reach will only help you overcome those obstacles. 



WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND PASSIONS?
Identifying your interests and passions will help you stay true to yourself and away from copying and comparing. Even if some of your interests may not tie directly into your business they may be the things that fuel your ideas and your inspiration.

FOR EXAMPLE: I love food and anything relating to food! While my business is all about art, I often find inspiration for color, texture and pattern at the grocery store, in a restaurant and in the kitchen. My passion for food is always inspiring me and the different ideas that I come up with! 

WHAT ARE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?
Regardless of how big or small they are, acknowledging your accomplishments is such an important way to stay encouraged and inspired. Taking a look at things that have been successful is also helpful when making decisions



WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR LIFE, YOUR CREATIVITY AND/OR YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE?
Setting goals for all the different areas of your life is one the most important and powerful things you can do for your creative business. While it may feel scary to name the things you want (because it can be disappointing if those things don't happen) but taking time to really set small and BIG things you want for your life will help you focus your energy and give you a direction to move in.

TIPS:
When you take time to reflect on who you are, forget about over-thinking and write down whatever comes to mind first. 

Do your best to forget about trends, fads and people that you admire. At this point, it is important NOT to let other people influence who you are.

Don't be afraid to explore the little things of parts of your life that might seem small. Sometimes it is these tiny details that make you really special. 

Keep in mind that we are always growing and changing (especially if we are creative) which means the definition of who we are, direction, our goals and interests will likely evolve with time and experience and that is ok!

20 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

This was a great and inspiring post!
Thank You = )

Purvi Gadewar said...

Thanks so much for sharing this...it was really inspiring...

Stefan Csomor said...

Thank you Alisa. Needed exactly that right now. Thank you for the encouragement and the daily inspirations!

Alyse Neibaur said...

I actually get stuck wondering to myself what questions should I be asking to push myself forward? Those are all of the right questions, and I'm excited to sit down and answer them for myself. Sometimes it's hard to pull myself away from that slump of asking myself what I should be asking myself. LOL I love this post. Thank you so much!

Naked Eye Studio said...

Great story, thanks for sharing! I often get stuck with motivation and pushing myself to finish projects. At the end of the day you have to remind yourself that it's worth the work and you want to achieve your goals, so do the work! :)

Sue Allemand said...

Love this article, Alisa! It was the little kick in the pants that I needed... I've been too distracted lately... going in too many directions! I need to quiet my mind and focus! Big things are coming this year - and I need to prepare. Thanks so much for your help - I'm getting off the computer now! haha.

Laura Bray said...

Thanks for this article! Just wanted to let you know I linked up to you in my business newsletter this week. Here's a copy. http://bit.ly/20ZwFI1 Thanks for always being an inspiration.

Giggles said...
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Giggles said...

A very inspiring reminder when one is filled with doubt or looking for direction! Thanks for always sharing your authentic unique self!

Hugs Giggles

Katie Bolinger said...

Thank you. Being reminded to look at the positive is what I need right now. The funk of feeling like a failure can take over during a midwest winter.

Mary said...

Always inspiring! Thanks for the valuable tips and advice.

Brig said...

Thank you Alisa!

Unknown said...

I really liked what you had to say, Alisa. You are inspiring. You got me in touch with the one thing that gives me the most joy, my grandchildren. My 11 year old granddaughter sends me heart on fire. Doesn't matter what we do, its the time that is so precious. She'll be grown up before we all know it. I am s very lucky Grandma. She calls me "Mawpa"because she couldn't say Grandma, so its a cross between Mama and Grandma. How sweet it is!

Charmayne Weddle said...

I really liked what you had to say, Alisa. You are inspiring. You got me in touch with the one thing that gives me the most joy, my grandchildren. My 11 year old granddaughter sends me heart on fire. Doesn't matter what we do, its the time that is so precious. She'll be grown up before we all know it. I am s very lucky Grandma. She calls me "Mawpa"because she couldn't say Grandma, so its a cross between Mama and Grandma. How sweet it is!

Daris Judd said...

You state this issue of looking to yourself for drive and inspiration , clearly. Very well said and so true.

Bethany Magnie said...

I totally needed to read that, thank you!

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JuanitaTortilla said...

Excellent tips, Alisa! We are often bombarded by what's trending and it is easy to dive into the wave of making things that sell, because there are bills to pay, and ironically, doing something trendy that isn't "you" doesn't necessarily work or last! :)

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Ilana Polakiewicz said...

This is a great post, Alisa! Thank you for all the inspiration you provide. God bless you. I hope you achieve every single goal that you have. xx Ilana.

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