I think about success a lot. I wonder what it means to be successful and I want success of my own. I think we all want this.
We all want to contribute something meaningful that has value to others and get paid to do it.
I am doing my dream job. I love writing, creating, thinking, and cultivating inner beauty. But making you feel good and helping you realize your own dreams is what I really love. I want my success, and I want yours too.
So, I sat down and compiled a list of some essentials of success. And I am going to be honest with you. A big part of my definition of success is earning money. Making a living from what you love to do gives you an invaluable slice of self-esteem that can not be fudged or manufactured. As women we need this. And it is time to stop pretending that we don’t, and that our work is free.
I have no idea where the notion that it is unladylike to demand pay for our creative services came from. But unfortunately it is a mental barrier that we as women, especially in creative fields, must fight to overcome if we want our own success.
The truth is, successful people earn it. They don’t give up even when things are crummy or they fail. And they find a way to do their thing everyday. They find a way to define their product and sell it.
If you are reading this and you have days when you feel unsure, collapsed or unsuccessful, take heart. My list is not ambiguous or esoteric.
Stay focused, keep going and building your vision. Take joy in the discovery and the creating. This is your precious life. Don’t ever give up on your success.
Christine’s 12 Habits of Successful Creative Women:
1. Write/generate material, or a quality product.
2. Organize your workspace.
3. Stay current with your tools.
4. Cultivate relationships that support your dream.
5. Deliver your material on a regular basis. Even if it is not 100%. If it is 80%, ship it.
6. Be willing to fail and try again.
7. Find meaning in the challenges.
8. Celebrate the success of others.
9. Be open to success and awake to behaviors of self-sabotage.
10. Be open to different outcomes than you intend. Focus on process, trust outcome.
11. Cherish and value yourself. Treat yourself accordingly.
12. Practice self–care in all its forms. Get plenty of rest, nourishing food, and quiet time.
Always set goals, write then down then check them off.
And remember. This is not overnight sensation stuff. This is cultivating well-being and forging lifelong habits to build your dream job! And I know you can do it!