“In taking stock of ourselves, we should not forget that fear plays a large part in the drama of failure. That is the first thing to be dropped. Fear is a mental deficiency susceptible of correction, if taken in hand before it gains an ascendency over us. Fear comes with the thought of failure.” – Douglas Fairbanks
I am taking stock of myself this morning. This quote from Douglas Fairbanks reminded me of the mentally crippling nature of fear. It is the root of all inactivity, a sign of regression instead of progression.
It is important for me to take a step back, take stock of all I am doing, examining what’s working for me and what’s not.
I reached a point of overload at the end of 2014. Multiple projects have been started, some pieces complete, others needing more time and work. This blog, while rewarding to me on a psychological level, is only moderately successful in reaching larger audiences.
I struggle with the ups and downs of my production business TraceProductions.com as I have for 20 years now. The video and television production business has been rewarding. My career has taken me all over the world and given me a (mostly) steady income and incredible experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. But it is a changed business. For too many reasons to go into here, there is nothing but downward pressure on pricing for many of the services I have traditionally provided for my clients. There is still work there, and I am grateful for what I have, but it is less profitable than ever before. And I have grown and moved on, learning and developing new skills that continue to enrich my life’s experience.
The upside is that there are more avenues than ever before for my own creative work. The same technology advances that have brought pricing down for my traditional business have also made progress on documentary films, music, photography, publishing and marketing more economically feasible.
Looking at the progression of my creative projects and my own growth of influence with this blog and social media, my biggest downfall has been a lack of consistency.
It’s clear that creating a lot of quality content consistently is key to gaining influence, and reaching a larger audience with my writing, music, photography and documentary film projects.
So what’s this Reset Button?
I put a slow down on publishing to this blog, and some other social media interactions, to examine what I have achieved and where I need to focus my attention moving forward.
I have had too many weeks when I had a blog post started, but incomplete, then had to rush to get it finished and published in time to go out in our weekly newsletter.
I have a massive amount of video footage and still photographs backlogged waiting for me to have time to edit and process into cohesive projects.
I have multiple scripts in various stages of development.
In short, I have a lot of bits and pieces, projects in development. Instead of being frustrated on lack of progress, I have decided to be happy and excited about the potential of the elements I have produced.
So I hit the reset button. I am focusing now on writing a series of articles, and producing videos to accompany those, all to be held in reserve until I am ready to release, on a regular schedule.
It’s all my effort to correct that consistency problem. Being stuck with rushing out a blog post or a single video at a time and then a lack of time to properly promote, built upon my fear that people will stop being interested in anything I have to say if I don’t push something out. But that’s just fear and worry that are worthless in my life.
I realize now that having a backlog of material with planned release schedules, will allow me to relax and have a clear game plan for growth.
It’s worth the time to step back and reevaluate. Having a plan always beats spinning the wheels and making only incremental progress.
YES, I am still here, but I am “woodshedding” – working ahead on all the projects that really mean something to me, and hopefully will resonate with you, the reader of this blog.
Look for weekly releases of articles on this blog and videos on my youtube channel starting in June 2015. In the meantime I will be providing occasional updates here, and would love to hear from you.
Please comment below. What do you think of my approach?
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