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Why you need to stop dreaming and start doing!

Creative Business
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As creatives we all have dreams. But sometimes, it’s hard to move forward and turn them from dreams into reality. We sit there thinking about what we want, envisioning the future, looking at what other people are doing and wishing it could be us, but there are things stopping us from moving forward. So we keep dreaming.

But at some point, it’s time to stop dreaming and start doing.

If you're ready to stop dreaming and start doing, this episode is for you! Let’s talk about it.

Are you dreaming of...

  • turning your creative passion into a badass business or side-hustle?
  • starting a new project or launching a new part of your business?
  • having a community of fans who love your work and support your art?
  • owning a recognisable brand that people love and rave about?
  • one day being where your creative idols are?

But feeling...

  • Unsure about how to start taking action to make your dreams happen?
  • Like your ideas keep getting pushed aside while you work on the day-to-day things you need to do to get by
  • Not confident in being visible online, or how to do that?
  • Like you’re making your brand up as you go along, or that you don’t even have one?
  • Doubtful that you could get to where your idols are, even if you do take action?

Then you’re in the right place

And I feel you. I really do.

I know where you’re at because I’ve been there myself.

How I stopped dreaming and started doing.

Over six years ago I had a dream to turn my creative passion into a badass business.

I knew that I was destined to create, and I sat at my full-time startup job dreaming up ideas, frantically noting down business plans, and sneakily making products for the day that I would one-day take the leap.

But even when I decided that my dreams were possible, I had no idea how to get there, I was freaking terrified about having to show up along the way, or failing when I did, and I felt like I was trying to figure it all out on my own.

Now I run my own business full-time and those daydreams have become my reality. Freaking unreal.

The difference between where I was then and where I’m at now, is that however imperfect it was, I took action.

And I still do this all the time.

I had the idea for this podcast, and I took action.

I had the idea for The Next Level Creative, and I took action.

Why you need to stop dreaming and start doing

It’s never too late

Don't worry about society's expectations or time limits. It's never too late to chase your dreams and make a change. People of all ages have completely changed their careers and found happiness so age shouldn't hold you back. The perfect time to start is right now.

Debbie Millman who was on the Brand Your Passion podcast said:

”Hollie, I don't even think people really become fully conscious of who they are until they're 30. You know I've been talking about this a lot because I'm about to be 60. And the first 30 years of my life – zero to 30 – were just sort of practice version of being a human. And then I would say the second 30, – 30 to 60 – have really been about creating this life, creating this journey. And I’m finally now, as I am well into middle age, beginning to feel like I know who I am.”

Life’s too short

There's no point in wondering, "What if I never did this?" or "What if I never took the leap?" or "What if I regretted never trusting myself, never believing in myself?" Life is too short, and there's so much happening in the world, so why not try? Why not believe in yourself? Why not give yourself a chance and give it a go?

You deserve to be happy

You deserve to be happy and chase your dreams. You don't have to do anything to deserve it - just by existing, you have the right to follow your passions and do what you love. Whether it's a side hustle or a full-time gig, you deserve to make your dreams come true. And I'm here to help you make it happen.

Your dreams are possible

Your dreams can absolutely become a reality. I know it's so easy to doubt yourself and think, "That's never going to happen, it's impossible." You might believe that it's possible for others, but not for you. We often have worries and doubts that make us question the possibility of our dreams, but I want you to know that your dreams are possible.

The world needs your creativity

The world needs your creativity because it has the power to bring people together, start conversations, heal, entertain, and more. Being creative impacts your own life and those around you, so your creativity is important.

How to stop dreaming and start doing

Day 1: Make it Possible

We’re going to stare those limiting beliefs about yourself, your work, and your business right in the eyes and then kick their damn asses. You know that you’re ready to take your passion to the next level and you’re fed up with still not doing it as a legit business, but there are things that have been holding you back. On day 1 of the challenge, we’re going to work together to show those things who’s boss and take your mindset from “I think this is possible” to “it’s mother-freakin’ more than possible – it’s gonna happen!”

Day 2: Make it Clear

Once you’re all hyped up and ready to kick ass as a confident, capable creator who’s not to be reckoned with, it’s time to bring out those big dreams of yours and get crystal clear on that shizz. You’ll dream bigger than ever before, lay down your vision statement, set goals for making that vision happen, and commit to taking bold, imperfect action that will bring your creative vision to life.

Day 3: Make it Happen

You joined this challenge to take some real freakin’ action, so that’s what we’re going to do. Day three is where it all goes down. You’re going to learn the exact steps you need to take in order to make your dream happen and how your personal brand will help you do that. You’ll walk away with a solid, action-packed plan for building the brand and business that will make your dreams a reality, and do one thing on day 3 that will start that journey. But more importantly, you’ll walk away feeling more confident in yourself and your work than ever before.

When you stop dreaming and start doing, you’ll have…

  • The mindset of a badass creative entrepreneur who knows they can achieve any and all of their wildest dreams
  • A clear vision about what those dreams are and how to achieve them
  • A solid, action-packed plan for building the brand and business that will make your dreams a reality

Join the Live Stop Dreaming, Start Doing Challenge

Enrol in the live challenge on October 31–November 2nd 2023 here.

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