3 SMART WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED WHEN YOU WANT TO QUIT

YOU WANT TO STAY MOTIVATED ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME.

YOU HAVE 2O MILLION POST-ITS CLIMBING YOUR WALLS WITH INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES.

YOU ARE OVER WHELMED, UNDER PARTIED AND WORKING IN TESCO LISTENING TO BEEP BEEP BEEP ON A MINUTE TO MINUTE BASIS FEELS REALLY GOOD TO YOU RIGHT NOW.

Yeah I GET IT!



My name is Tara from Biscuit and I have been self employed for the last 22 years and just to say before we dive into this blog….I have imagined myself in a Tesco uniform!

There I said it.

That is not why I am here today though!



I want to talk to you about:



How to stay motivated when you just feel like packing the whole thing in.





I know that this underlines everybody's thoughts…will I just quit?

Even when you're doing really well and you're pushing forward, getting results and you're on that wave of that high.


That high, you all know it, right? 

"Yes, this is working. People are liking what I do!”

“ I'm actually selling stuff ”

“ I'm creating the community that I wanted"

"I'm in the gallery that I dreamt of." 





When that high stops and something happens, it feels like a hangover.

The next day, you're in ribbons or you've come down from that high of where you were a month ago, and you can't seem to get it back. 

You're always chasing that high again. 

You want that recognition or you want the press to feature you again and they just are not biting or you want more sales.



Why aren't people buying from you godammit?



No matter where you are in your business, starting, growing, scaling or surviving remember ONE thing…



It is hard.

It is VERY hard.

Be under no illusion.

As my Dad always says: If it was easy everyone would be at it!


I'm going to share with you three things that I do that really help me with keeping motivated and focused.

I'm not saying that I never ever feel like I want to pack it all in ever.

Of course I do. You feel so overwhelmed with the vision of what you want to do, right? How are you going to do it? That's overwhelming





Okay. Let's dive in. 

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FOCUS ON THE ACTION NOT THE OUTCOME

What that means is usually when we're running a business there's lots of different goals that we set ourselves.

  • I want to make more money,

  • I want to get into the press,

  • I want to build a community,

  • I want to be recognized by the art world,

  • I want to get into that prestigious gallery,

  • I want to increase my customer base,

  • I want to have more of an impact in the world,

  • I want to help more people.


There's always goals.

Whether you're a painter, a photographer, a speaker, in the holistic space, wherever you sit, you have your goals, right?

Everybody does, right?

They can vary. Again, that goes back to what success looks like for you. 

What tends to happen, and I see this all the time, we focus on our goals, right?

I'm just going to use the example of money. Yes, I love talking about making money.





Yes, creative people are allowed to make money.

Did you know that? 




You focus on the action, not the outcome.

"I want to make more money, Tara." I get this a lot.

"How am I going to make money?"



STORYTIME….

I was working with a girl she's a member of the Biscuit Factory.

She was saying to me;

"Tara I'm on Social Media, posting all the time. I'm following your guidelines with doing all these different posts. I'm really trying hard."

Here's the thing, creative people, more than anybody in my opinion, because we're so passionate about what we do, and it's part of our lifestyle, it's not really a job as such, it's part of us. It's our being. We have to do this stuff for mental health, right?

She said;

"Why am I not selling?

Why have I not still no money? All this effort and I'm not getting anything in return."


I sat back and I said,

"Hmm. Okay. Let's look at it."

I said to her,

"You know, when is the last time you asked for a sale? When's the last time you posted a product or a service and you directed people to a sales page?"



She answered "What's a sales page? What do you mean? People can email me if they want my work."



You have to make it really easy for people to buy from you.



What I introduced to her was instead of just you saying,

"I need more money.

I need more money.

I'm going to do all the social media stuff. Why aren't they coming to me to want to buy my work? I'm doing all these things."


You have to stop and say,

"Okay. Hang on a second. If I want more money what are the things I need to do in order to reach my goal?”




If you keep doing the same things over and over and over again and you're not getting closer to that goal, there's no sales coming in, you have to not keep focusing on the outcome,

"I want more money, I want more money", you have to go back to the drawing board and look at your list.





What am I doing every day to point people to give me money for what I do? 





When's the last time you reached out to your past clients and customers?

I have to emphasise this actually. I know I'm going off on tangents but that's the way my brain works. I can't emphasise enough how important your past clients or customers are to you. They are gold to you. 


Why? 

Because they've bought from you before, they like what you do, they understand what you do, they've given you money for what you've done already. When is the last time you've dropped them an email, you've picked up the phone and said, "Hey, how is it going?”



If that is the relationship that you have with them when is the last time you've done that. Have you ever told them about a new product that you're launching or a new service or reminded them of, "It's coming into Christmas"? Are you on the forefront of their mind? Have you reached out to them?




When is the last time you analysed the actions that you need to take to get you closer to your goal? 




I want to ask each of you today to look at that.

If sales is your thing or if the press thing is your thing, whatever that thing is ..make sure that you analyse that action list.



This is brilliant for motivation, gang, because when you just focus on the outcome and you're not achieving it, how does that make you feel?


Like shit because you're not getting closer to it.

You're just focusing on "I can't make more money. What's wrong with me?"

What we do?

Go onto social media and you look at our competition. 


  • Why can't I do that?

  • Look at their sales.

  • What's wrong with me?

  • I'm not talented enough.

  • No one is going to want to listen to me.

How does that impact you as a Creative business owner?

  • It bashes your confidence.

  • Your motivation goes down, down, down.

  • Your focus is all over the place because what are you focusing on? Your competition and the end goal and how you're not achieving it.

  • You're not looking at your action list.

  • What do you need to do to get closer to that goal?

  • Then forget about the goal and just focus on each of those tasks that you need to really zone into. 

#1 Focus on the action, not the outcome. 


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GET FEEDBACK


Now I know this might seem very simple. I'll ask my husband, family, and friends.

Be careful with that one.

What tends to happen when you ask family and friends for advice is they want to support you, they want to make you feel loved and accepted and they might not really get what you're doing, though, but they will tell you you're brilliant and go for it.



That's great but from a business perspective it's really important to ask for honest feedback.

Where you do that?

Find a COMMUNITY that you trust and that you feel comfortable with.

I suggest Bite the Biscuit as one of those Communities for asking for feedback but if you really need very in depth support and guidance from a experienced mentor who has worked with over 1500 Creative business owners then you have two options :

Join The Biscuit Factory which is a private space for Creatives all pushing forward with their projects OR ….

Get 1:1 mentoring twice a week in The Front Lounge.



However you need it, The Biscuit Community has ya covered * hairy hand heart *

If you don't know, Bite the Biscuit is our free online community that we have on Facebook.

If you're not already in there I would advise you to get in there because it's a great supportive space for even this reason only, for getting feedback on what you do. You can either go in and ask specific feedback of your work or just keep consistently posting or showing off.

We do a #showofffriday our most popular day in the Community.

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It gives you the motivation that you're actually being taken seriously, that people like what you do.

There's nothing more powerful than someone that you don't know saying, "Wow. Your work is great. Keep it up. Well done."

That's very, very powerful.

If we are a Collective, if we are a Community of Creative people all helping and supporting each other, and yes, supporting your competition, feck competition, community overrides competition.

Then we can create a positive, supportive eco system for us all to be linked to.

Let's support each other as humans, as Creative people behind our work. This changes the environment for us all to work in and it's a very powerful place to be.

#2 GET HONEST FEEDBACK NOT YOUR MAMMY OR PARTNER LIKE!

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE

THIS IS A GAME CHANGER!

STORYTIME….

I was at a talk there last week…I just have no concept of time by the way. I just think there's no time.

Freelancers by the team at Happenings.ie

It was a great event in Dublin there last week.

There was a lot of corporate-y people there and people from the educational sector and from the government.

They were talking about Creativity and Community.

Then there were featured Creative business owners who were doing really well and they were up on the panel. 

A girl stood up and she asked this question,

"How do you keep motivated and focused when you're not making sales and you're on your own?"

I know the majority of us work solo.

I was so interested to listen to the answers back.

A lot of the guys that weren't in a Creative business talked about how you need to be productive and manage your time effectively and all this stuff, right? ** YAWN!!!*

That we all know.

  • Manage your time,

  • Sit at the desk

  • Do your stuff

  • Make lists and blah, blah, blah. 

Only one person addressed the most important thing in my opinion.

I actually stood up going, "Yay!" I'm sure they were like, "Who is the nutter down back there?"

She was the only one that stood up and said this.

She said the game changer for her and the most important thing that she did for her creative business was to surround herself with like-minded people. Again, that comes back to community, lads. I can't stop talking about it. I know I'm a bit obsessed but it's so important.

Surround yourself with like-minded people because here's what happens.

You're at home, you're out with your friends from school, or you're meeting the moms or dads from your kid's school at the gate and people ask …

"What do you do?"

You're like, "Well I work with resin and textile to create art! "

"Oh, yeah. Great. That's lovely." *** bored glazed over look ***

You've experienced it, right? I have.

They don't get it.

They don't understand what you're trying to do. 

What you tend to do is try to nearly compensate for it and explain it in more detail so they might understand it. It hits you so deep inside that you're scared to shit that you're not doing the right thing or that people aren't taking you seriously or you're just an artist.

That hits us so deeply as a Creative Community because everybody gets it.

Unless you're attached to a company or a recognised brand, it's really hard to defend your space as a professional Creative person. 

When you're surrounded by that negativity ... It's not even negativity actually, but a lack of understanding and acceptance from people that just don't understand what we are doing.

When you take those people out of your brain and put people that get what you do, that understand the vision of what you want to do, and that encourage you to just do it, "Stop second guessing. Just do it", it changes everything. 

That is why I setup Biscuit.

There was no Bite the Biscuit.

Let's support each other to do that.

There are no boundaries.

Do what YOU want.

Strategise, be professional, educate yourself but don't ever stop the vision of what goes on in that fantastic brain of yours because we are so lucky that we are the Creative ones and we have the innovation.

Once we are filled with doubt and limiting beliefs we're fucked. Stay away from those people that just don't understand and surround yourself quite closely with people that get it.

If you are ready to be part of a Community like that, a Community that not only supports and encourages you on the things everyone else says stay away from but are eager to have fun and share their knowledge then you need to get your ass into The Biscuit Factory.

The doors are open now 17th October 18 till Friday 26th October 18 if you are reading this and the time is up then hop on the wait list. We open 4 times a year.

#3 SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE : SERIOUSLY THE GAME CHANGER!

Okay, gang. 

Talk to you soon. 

Keep creative and see you next week.

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