The writing life or any life that is creative is often different than the lives of friends, family, and our networks. Being creative is not often understood or regarded as a legitimate way of existing. At best, it is regarded as a hobby or over-glamorized. Some people in our circles will not view what we do, and the sacrifices required, as anything more than a pipedream. And that is why it is important keep one’s self encouraged through the process and journey.
Here are 5 ways to remain encouraged:
- Recognize that you should not expect everyone to embrace your choice to write or be a creative.
- Recognize that the only choices that count are yours. If what you’re doing is not reckless or harmful to a soul, especially you, then remind yourself that you take accountability for your choice to create and you will continue to commit to that choice.
- Recognize that there are fans and there are supporters. Show appreciation to both, but express gratitude to those who support you just because…
- Recognize that not everyone will affirm you or your work. The most important thing is that you affirm your own work and you.
- Recognize that you can show people better than you can tell them. Don’t talk about what you’re doing, show people what you’ve done.
There are some very practical things you can do to encourage yourself. Seek out bible passages that focus on unusual callings and unusual victories (David, Daniel, Joseph, Mary…). Read the memoirs of great innovators. Most importantly, do not give up.
How do you encourage yourself? Tell us in the comments, please.