Panic. Pure Anxiety. I am more behind than I’ve ever been on my work. I’m getting very little sleep, and I have no.more.energy. But I have to things done the right way! I have to get the best possible result out of myself! I have to be proud of my work. As I stare at a blank sketchbook, there is nothing there. There are no ideas coming to mind quickly. Getting time to sit down and focus is nearly impossible because my mind just races; I quickly find myself in a deep mess of anxious thoughts.
I can only think, "How will this get done?"
After a long week of struggling to get motivated, I decided to take the night off... well that’s how I justified it. In reality, I took the entire day off because I couldn’t scrape up enough energy to finish anything. My friends can’t listen to another complaint; I’d never expect them to eliminate the pent up frustration and anxiety that swells during these trying quarters.
So I called my Dad.
He said this: “Your industry is filled with people that are constantly going to take your ideas, attempt to work you to death, and it’s going to be really hard. But because you’re experiencing this hurdle now, you will be ready for those idiots who try to kill you later.”
Five minutes before we talked I was ready to quit fashion all together and by the end of the conversation I was smiling and laughing. My dad has people skills; he taught me how to say hello to passerby's on the sidewalk, he taught me how to sell an idea, and he taught me how to get things done. He told me stories about all of the little things he has to do that he hates doing on a daily basis for his job, and he told me about all the wonderful people he’s met doing his job. I realize each day that we are more and more similar than I could ever imagine.
In the real world I’ll still be working this hard, so I have to figure out how to live my life while also producing good work. Dad said sacrifices are made to accomplish the dreams we set for ourselves; he assured me that some day I’ll actually make money doing this. Most importantly, Mitch Romasko said that this specific experience would show me how to find motivation while running on empty.
“Take the night off and rest your mind.”
The most efficient way to get something done is to just do it with no worries and a clear mind. Sit down and do the best you possibly can for as long as you possibly can with no distractions, and then stop when you’re done.
“That’s how your work will operate.”
By trusting in my Dad’s wise words I was able to rest my mind and embrace the refreshing morning air last weekend. I finished the project in record time because I was able to finally overcome the lack of motivation. When you’re struggling with life call on the people you love to give you a reality check and the confidence you need to keep working at it.