Part of being a champion creative is being tapped in to what makes you bold, strong, and inspired.
Birthing any dream takes joy, diligence, and effort, so if you’re feeling uncertain, weak, and passive, you won’t realise your new dream or vision and the world won’t be blessed by your gifts.
When you’re bold, strong, and inspired, you’re pulled forward by a higher calling that goes deeper than how much money you’ll make and how much acclaim you’ll rack up.
Instead, you’re focused on reaching the people whose problems you’re wired to solve, and reaching them as quickly and thoroughly as possible so you can bring them relief from their pain.
You recognise that your calling is a responsibility, and you’re prepared to show up even when you’re bored, tired, or just not in the mood.
The truth is discipline takes work, and if you’re not inspired by something deeper, you risk abandoning your vision when the newness wears off and the hard work sets in.
Of course, hard work can be challenging, fulfilling, and fuel for your fire, but only when you have your eye on the prize about why it all matters in the first place.
Think about all the things we start in a flurry of excitement only to peter out shortly after, and you’ll see that excitement alone isn’t enough to sustain the disciplined effort you need to pour into your dream from start to finish.
Being bold means you’re excited by the unknown and any missing pieces of implementing your vision because you’re confident that moving forward will spotlight what you’re missing and how to fill the gap.
If you’re making a gourmet meal and missing 1 or 2 key ingredients, you don’t abandon the whole process, you go shopping and pick up what you need to finish your dish.
If you’re writing a book and you hit a knowledge gap that stops you in your tracks, you don’t shelve the whole book; you educate yourself to fill the gap and keep it moving so you can get your work out in the world where people need it most.
Not knowing something or having it at your immediate disposal isn’t enough to stop you from doing the work you’re here to do and making the contribution you’re coded to make.
Be nimble and close the gaps so they don’t close you off from your vision.
Being strong means you’re rooted in your vision and not easily swayed by roadblocks, setbacks, or any other challenges that slow you down or even derail you.
This firm foundation means you can begin again whenever adversity comes and you’re not fazed by it.
A lot of us, myself included, give up when we just don’t have solid roots anchoring us to the importance of a calling, vision, or dream and why now is the time to work on it.
Ground yourself and don’t be discouraged by what you see; your dream is bigger than temporary obstacles.
Figure out what drives you because you need to . . .
Being inspired means you have long-term interest in your project; you see beyond the temporary high of newness and dig deeper into the “why” of what you’re doing, which fuels your joy and drive to move forward.
Why does it matter?
Why should you care?
Why should anyone else care?
Whether you’re dreaming up a global initiative or a local community outreach programme, digging deeper helps you stay inspired even when you’re tempted to give up your dream and abandon the contributions you know you can make if you persevere.
Persevere. Be the champion creative who’s bold, strong, and inspired.
You are the steward of your gifts, and you’re meant to make a difference with them.
Recognise that there’re people out there waiting to learn from you, be blessed by you, and grow through their encounter with you.
Think of all the people you’ve been positively influenced by and you’ll see that the impact was because of the effort and enthusiasm they put into reaching you.
Can you imagine being set on fire by a limp noodle?
Yeah, me neither.
Suit Up and Step Up
Get up, speak up, and rock it out. Put pen to paper, articulate your vision, and get on it.
Nobody’s coming to pull it fully formed out of your head with zero sweat on your brow—you have to stand up and be counted before you can contribute.
Identify what makes you bold, strong, and inspired, and keep them front and centre as you develop your vision.
At the end of the day, it’s not about being cool or going viral, but about making a difference, crafting a legacy, and emptying yourself of the genius within you.
The only way to know if it’ll work or not is to dive in.
Action brings clarity, not the other way around. You want to be careful, yes, but you also want to be unafraid to try something new.
Run small experiments and scale from there when you know what works and what doesn’t.
The more you know and experience, the better you can tailor the user experience for the people you’re reaching out to and serving.
Be bold. No risks, no innovation. Take smart risks to boost your growth + impact.
Be strong. You’re in it to win it. Put down your roots and ride out every storm.
Be inspired. Pour your joy + fire into your dream. Give all you have into being excellent and serving with enthusiasm, empathy, and love.
When you’re bold, strong, and inspired, you’ll make the contributions you’re here to make even when things don’t turn out like you expect or want them to.
Pivoting and streamlining your process keep you nimble, effective, and potent.
It’s time to go deeper in your creativity.
Show up, be bold, strong, and inspired, and let your joy lead the way.