A kite without a string would never fly
October 14, 2021
Learning and growing is what the Artist Program at Seint is all about- there will be ups and downs, victories and losses. Focusing on the positives goes without saying- we never want to focus on the negatives- but sometimes focusing on the don'ts can be super helpful! In Monday’s webinar, Cara talked about the biggest mistakes Artists sometimes make, as well as things she has learned being the first Seint Artist:
1) Don't waste your Artist energy. A whole wing of your job as an Artist lies within social media; because of this, it is very easy to get caught in the “infinite scroll”. Before you know it, you have spent an hour watching other peoples’ videos, scrolling past dozens of photos, while never really engaging or absorbing with any of the content you’re scrolling past. It might seem like work as you get ideas for your own social media profiles, but because you didn’t take the time to engage with what you were seeing, that energy wasn't used toward bettering your business or growing your community. If you are going to be watching other people's content, it should be a little more focused on learning specific techniques for your business. For example, if you want to learn more about eyeshadow techniques, search specifically for tutorials on that subject. This will help you stay focused and not get caught up in the infinite scroll or other distractions. It is great to learn from each other- you just want to make youself a focused goal that will better your business, and then run with it.
2) Don't overwhelm yourself. The nice thing about an hourly wage job is that you just clock in and out- then you don't really think about it until you clock back in again! Transferring this mentality to something where you are choosing what you do and when you do it- without ever clocking in or out- can be very overwhelming. This is something that can turn people off of running their own show. To combat this, Cara suggests you have isolated hours where you commit to work, and hours where you commit to yourself where you will not work. Being your own boss can be overwhelming- it often feels like there is always more that you can be doing. Sometimes, however, when there is too much in your realm of possibilities, it can make you shut down, so you need to limit yourself and set clear boundaries and goals. A kite without a string would never fly! Having limits can give you clarity and help you zoom in and focus on what your goals are for your business. Set weekly, monthly, or quarterly goals that are doable, then when a new idea or goal comes up, write it down and revisit it when you have completed the goals you have already set. It is shocking how much more productive you can be when you are conservative about what you want to accomplish instead of overwhelming yourself all at once.
3) Don't focus on the wrong things. It is so important to know where you are at with your numbers and if what you are doing is giving you success. Numbers need to be taken into consideration; however, when that becomes your only focus it can be hard to feel the connection and excitement from what you do. If you are chasing the numbers, the connection may come, but if you are chasing the connections and helping others, the numbers will follow. It is easy to get caught up in things that are outside the realm of possibility- this is why we need to spend our energy focusing on the things that are in our realm of possibility. You can't have everything, but you can have the things that are the very most important to you! You just have to be more creative and keep putting one foot in front of the other until you figure it out.
To watch the full webinar, CLICK HERE.