This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.
1. Some people on the internet are full of sh*t.
A website (even a beautiful one!) does not make someone an authority on your business (or your life!). There is an endless number of experts on the internet, all trying to get your attention and give you their best tips. It’s up to you to know who to trust and who to listen to. Let everyone else go.
Better yet, start with listening to and trusting yourself. Helpful information is not hard to find. It will be there when you need it.
2. You only need to pay attention to what YOU are doing.
It’s been said before: keeping your eyes on your own paper is the best way to move your business forward. You don’t need to collect inspiration anymore. You need to move. And act. And create. (Stop stockpiling inspiration and get to work.)
3. Your creative genius is not found in your gmail inbox or on facebook or someone else’s blog.
Creative businesses stem from creation. Not social media. If you’re feeling uninspired or having a hard time staying focused, step away from the computer and make something! With your hands! (I don’t think Excel was created to help inspire.) Tip: Need to get some stuff done? Make it your priority and tackle it first thing in the morning, before you turn on your computer (or check your smartphone!).
4. The success of your business does not determine the success of your life.
Likewise, the success of your life is not determined by any of the success of any of the following: your diet, your marriage, your job search, your online dating hunt, your marathon training, or that scarf you started knitting 9 months ago.
Trust this. You are more than your business. When things don’t sell or go as you’d hoped, it’s okay. Keep going.
5. Fear is a reality of playing a bigger game. As is doubt.
Learning to accept this, roll with it, and not let it stop you is one of the biggest game-changers you can make. Yes, fear feels really intense. Yes, it’s hard to move beyond it. But figuring out how is what makes the difference between people who make things happen and people who only dream about it.