Working in the creative industries can be fast paced and unpredictable. Full of long nights with no guarantee of what the future will hold. The highs and lows of watching peers achieve great accomplishments while you receive curve ball after curve ball can lead to a loss of faith in your dreams and uncertainty about the path you have chosen. The feast and famine lifestyle experienced by many creatives can cause individuals to feel frustrated and unable to pull themselves out of negative thinking. Check out these five creative ways to rewire your brain to apply the required skills to tackle problems head on:
1. Stay present
The past has gone never to be recaptured or changed. And the future can only be controlled by what you do now. All the power you have over any situation is in what you decide to do, or not do, in the present moment. This is important to keep in mind when asking for support from others. We become invested, and are way more likely to recive help from others, when actions can be taken now. Otherwise we become detached and lose interest.
2. Affirm what you want
How you act convinces yourself and others of what you expect to happen. No one wants to support someone who doesn’t expect a good outcome. Affirmations can be what you repeatedly do, or what you repeatedly say, which reinforces your beliefs. Beliefs get stuck in your head in the same way a song does when heard over and over. Your words are a creative force, so instead of banging on about what’s not working, speak a better outcome into existence and work hard to make it happen.
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Deb McKoy is the Founder and Consultant at Peppergrain Ltd, London, UK. She began her career as a recording artist, achieving success in the UK national charts before going on to help businesses and individuals maximise their brand.