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Building Something That Lasts Takes Time

Find That Drive

What gets you up in the morning? What gives your life meaning? It might seem trite, but answering these questions is the difference between hitting snooze on your alarm and using sheer willpower to get up. Trust me, I've been in that depression boat all too often (I think most creatives can relate); where you just want to sleep your life away; where your dreams are more entertaining than your waking life. And you doubt the quality of your craft. Let me let you in on a little secret... It's a lie. It's an illusion. And when you wake up to that reality, you realize you only have one life. Because we are not guaranteed tomorrow.

Take Care of You

At the same time, a life spent doing something you hate, is no life at all. Nor is it healthy. Because if you only focus on how much you hate your job, your indifference is reflected in your work. But recognize that work is a gift, and your perspective changes. A simple switch in mindset turns burdens into blessings.

Your Feelings Matter

While this is true, don't ignore your feelings either. They're there for a reason. Admit that you aren't happy and carve out a plan to change that.

  1. Define Goals (realistic and obtainable)

  2. Come up with plan to achieve goals

  3. Work towards your goals

  4. Find small things to be thankful for each day

  5. Be patient and get ready for results

Give Yourself Time

Remind yourself that things that last take time. Whether it be a business, a relationship, or building a city. Take the Italian city of Rome for example. Clearly it wasn't built overnight. But looking at it now, you see this well preserved archaic and majestic city that still stands today. Putting the time and effort in now, will show in the final product. Even if it seems like you're making little progress, you're still moving forward.

Don't Compare Yourself to Others

One of the biggest traps to fall into is to compare yourself to others. Don't do that. The person you are comparing yourself to is in a completely different situation than you are. Like seriously, you're comparing apples to oranges. Don't go there. I know it's hard; particularly finding that balance between not being too hard on yourself while also working toward improvement. But trust that what you are doing now (even if it's mundane) is preparing you. One day you'll wake up energized and get to do what you love every day. And that's something to look forward to!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below!

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