I for one can admit that things can get lonely. As a maker, there is a bunch of different things swirling through our minds at one time.
We base our progress on views, likes, shares, saves, purchases, reach, etc. All that preoccupation with metrics/analytics can put us in an endless tunnel of "measuring up." It is easy to get discouraged.
But the reality is: As long as you keep going, you keep progressing. This progress will look different for each person. But when we remind ourselves of this fact - we can shift our mindset from the have-nots to the haves.
What are some tips to making progress? Here are a few
🎯Set Easy to Reach Goals: Sometimes we think of the bigger goals like gaining x amount of followers or making x amount of sales. But is it attainable? Be realistic with where you are and what you are able to accomplish (if you work, have a family, have physical/emotional limitations, etc).
🔄️Modify your Approach: Sometimes it isn't what you are doing, so much as it i how you are doing it. For example, I set a goal for myself to list all my collection items in one drop, but I found that this approach was hard to keep up with. I never would do it and then I would be scrambling or in a pathetic state because I barely did anything. I couldn't take it anymore! One day I decided to list at least 5 items, every Friday. That way I can hold myself accountable to refresh the site every week and it helps me build excitement with my shop followers. Most importantly, it was achievable. Better something than nothing.
Be YOU!: I hate to admit that I spent a lot of time comparing with other people, or spending more than I should on my shop metrics/analytics. While having that information will help you target your desire audience, a better idea is to JUST BE YOU! People gravitate to you, simply for being you! I know - we convince ourselves or talk ourselves out of that fact - but the more you stick to your values, your vision and what is most important to you - the rest will follow! Lead with authenticity and you will never question what is for you!
Whether you are an artist/maker/creative or not, these tips apply: Keep making those goals, pivoting with the changing environment, and most importantly- continue to show up as yourself. With those tips, you will always win!
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