A happy day to you! It is quite the luck that my birthday fell on a Tuesday this year. Because of this, I thought it would only be right to share some advice that I have learned to be especially true in the past year. And so, in honor of turning 25, I give you 2 DONTs and 5 DOs!
1. Don't stop learning.
This topic is what I wrote about in my first blog post and it still rings true. Keep that thirst for knowledge alive and you will see more personal growth in ways you may not have expected. Learn those new techniques or methods and stretch your skills. Only good will come.
2. Don't forget why you started.
No matter when it was that you began, don't forget the spark that led you to take that first step. Whether it was picking up a healthy habit or branching out into new artistic territory, there was a reason you started. Write it down and don't forget it. It is most likely all the inspiration you'll need.
1. Do share your knowledge with others.
We all have something we can share with another person. It could be tips, new methods, or just encouragement from similar situations. Regardless of your level of expertise, someone will always look up to you -- so be willing to share!
2. Do practice deliberately.
The best practice is whole-hearted. Casual practice yields casual results and if you want to see professional results in your work, be deliberate in your practice. I may mostly show finished work but I also have piles of practice scraps to go with every project. Make your practice count.
3. Do reevaluate your motives.
In remembering why you got started, it is important to keep a check on your motives. Too many times success and momentum can shift motives wrongly. Keep an eye on your goals and make sure you are doing them for the right reasons and with a good heart.
4. Do try new things.
Finding success in one skill or technique can also get you stuck. Don't let the unknown scare you off from trying something new. Just because you try out a new tool or method does not mean you are stuck with it. You never know what you might learn to enhance your skill. That new approach may just turn into something truly unique with your creativity.
5. Do set high/long term goals.
Goals can be reached with hard work but they first have to be set. I have seen great results from setting milestone goals for myself. Start with the long term -- what do you want to accomplish? When you know what that is, work backwards and start setting checkpoints that will keep you on the right track. Big goals can be daunting and seem far out of reach but once you set tangible checkpoints, they become much easier to see. Set those goals and stick to them!
On May 6th, Last year, I had no idea that I would have successfully created a brand, a website, and a shop to call my own within a matter of months. Sure, it was in the back of my mind the whole time, but until I buckled down and followed good advice I didn't see a change in anything. When I committed to moving forward and seeing results, it certainly happened and it took less than a year.
So with a whole new set of objectives on the horizon, here's to another year.
Let's see what happens!