This is a guest post by Tamaryn Tobian, founder of Spectacle Creative Media in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can follow her tweets on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, please, check out the guidelines here.
In the last nine months or so, I’ve learned more things and experienced more life changes than I had pimples during puberty. That’s what following your gut and jumping into risk with both feet does. Why so many life changes? I started my own business – a creative communications company.
In truth, it seemed like a crazy idea. In this economy? Especially when I started to count how many other little creative agencies and studios there are in my city. There’s a lot of them. But, I did it anyway.
Have you ever played with clay before? I am sure you have, we all have. What was it like for you?
For most people, playing with clay is at first a disaster. Clay is flying all over the place, nothing is taking shape, and your patience’s are running out. Suddenly, as your hands are engulfed in clay madness, something amazing starts to take shape. What is it? No one knows, but it is awesome looking and you created it.
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What started out as a disaster is now turning into something pretty awesome! How did you do it?
I remember growing up always thinking to myself and asking the question, “What does it take?” I am still asking this question.
I would ask and still ask:
What does it take to be a great athlete?
What does it take to be a professional athlete?
What does it take to start a business?
What does it take to be a great husband?
What does it take to be a great father?
What does it take to be a great leader. All questions with no answers.
Do you ever just feel like giving up? Have things gotten so tough for you that you’re right there? The last few weeks I have felt this way. Several opportunities have fallen through and left me praying and asking God, “What are you doing?”
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With the economy and everything that is happening in the world, I know it’s an easy place to be -wanting to give up. What I can tell you is, we must keep on knocking becasue its in our faith and will that a door will be opened to us.
Last week I decided that I would start putting together a weekly blogging plan. After struggling to execute, prioritize, and balance my life, I committed to building a plan. There were a few things I was really looking for out of this plan.
- I wanted better balance in my life. I felt that God, my family, and I all deserved it. I didn’t want to make blogging a priority over any of these things. It’s important to me, but not more important than God, my family, or my own well being.
- I wanted to make sure that all my thoughts, ideas, and everything else got executed and not lost in the thick of my journal and notes. Do you know what I’m talking about? You jot all your ideas and such down, but then it gets lost and never executed. Why do you think this happens? Is it because there isn’t planned time to go through it all? Now I have a weekly time. I go through all my notes and ideas and build them into my weekly plan. This way everything gets done or pitched.
- I wanted to better prioritize and plan out my weeks. Do you ever feel like your week gets the best of you, instead of you getting the best of your week. This happens to everyone, so don’t feel bad. I was not going to let this happen with my blogging. So I made it a priority and built it into my weeks.
Think about the last time you had anxiety about something. Did it help the situation or hurt the situation? I would assume that it didn’t help the situation, but only made it worse. Then afterwards, you were probably either thinking, “what just happened to me” or you were thinking, “that wasn’t so bad, why was I even anxious.”
The answer to this self reflecting question is that anxiety is something we all face and we must start to develop tactics and strategies for overcoming it – or it wil always beat us.