3 reminders for creatives who feel like they're falling behind
Have you ever felt like you’re falling behind, like you can’t quite keep up?
I’ve definitely been feeling the feeling of ‘being behind’ these last few weeks.
It started with one missed day of not checking out the latest on Instagram. On day 2, I was simply too tired. Day 3 came and I genuinely missed engaging with my community on Instagram, but the thought of having to catch up on so many posts was a little overwhelming. Where do I even start? What will they think? Will they think it’s weird I’m commenting on a days old post?
And before I knew it, a couple of days became a couple of weeks.
Any of this sound familiar? Exchange ‘engaging on Instagram’ with reading the latest blog posts, catching the newest podcast episodes, or taking stock of the most recent must-try marketing trends, and I’m sure you have experienced that feeling of ‘being behind’ too.
As I’m navigating my way through this bout of Instagram overwhelm (+ giving myself lots of grace in the process!), these reminders were helpful for me and my hope is that they’ll be helpful for you too.
/ 1 / It’s okay to stop keeping up
Keeping up will run you dry. It’ll run you ragged. And there will always be someone to keep up with no matter what you’ve done, what you have, or who you are.
So the only way to win the game of keeping up, is to stop keeping up entirely. Instead, create, pursue + desire from a place that matters most to you and only you.
/ 2 / You are doing the absolute best you can
You don’t need more motivation or inspiration to create the life you want. You need less shame around the idea that you’re not doing your best. You need to stop listening to people who are in vastly different life circumstances and life stages than you tell you that you’re just not doing or being enough.
You need to let timing do what it needs to do. You need to see lessons where you see barriers. You need to see that wherever you are now is what becomes your identity later. And you’re so, so capable of doing exactly that.
/ 3 / Focus on doing, being + feeling in the ‘right now’
Think about this for a second, my sweet friend: you might be punishing yourself for falling behind on a life you don’t even want. A life other people have that doesn’t even fit with what would make you happiest.
You might be missing out on feeling good *right now* because you’re so fixated on feeling good in the future after you accomplish XYZ thing.
The process of accomplishment is the feeling good part. Doing the thing is the feeling good part. Creating is the feeling good part. The feeling good part is right here in the right now.
Not the ‘I’ll feel good when this happens’. Nope. The feeling good part is *now*.
Let these reminders sink in, my friend. They’re my permission slip from me to you that who you and what you do and what you bring to the table in your work and life is more than good enough.
You’re allowed to set your own priorities, You’re allowed to opt out of the online rat race. You’re allowed to do things in your own way + on your own terms.
Are you tired of struggling with your need for constant perfection? Need a little help with overcoming your perfectionism, so that you can start making those big ideas you have for your creative business a reality? Then make sure to download my fan-favorite (not to mention FREE!) ‘4 steps to ditch perfect’ workbook.
LET ME KNOW YOUR FAVORITE REMINDER IN THE COMMENTS: #1, #2, OR #3? I’M DOING A LITTLE POLL + I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHICH REMINDER RESONATED WITH YOU THE MOST!
Hey, Wendy here!
As a perfectionism coach, I help online creatives #ditchperfect, overcome their perfectionism + take action on the big ideas they have for their business. Let’s work together and make those ideas happen.