My family, of course, thought I was bonkers and rightfully pointed out that I was ill-equipped for cold winters (still am) and didn’t own a proper coat (still don’t).
I took pen to paper and began to furiously write, reminding myself of all of the reasons that I fell in love with the New York City area, and all of my hopes of what I could achieve on my own in this frickin’ cold unknown.
If you were able to achieve your biggest, wildest goals without any shred of self-doubt and a complete commitment of time and energy to your professional success, what would you set out to do?
Having conviction that you are working towards a greater good on your personal and professional path requires consistency, perseverance, and a healthy dose of relentless optimism in the face of uncertainty.
Conviction requires authenticity; There is no margin for being disingenuous when you commit your energy towards your intended goals.
Conviction necessitates the need to listen to your gut and give said instinct room to breathe, grow, and perceive.
Conviction is borne of determination and courage. It is knowing that you are doing the right thing at the right time and checking reactionary or residual anxiety at the door.
Conviction demonstrates leadership. It empowers those around you to work towards shared common goals and hits snooze on our predisposed panic buttons by creating an environment of support and certainty.
Conviction is one of the best traits you can bring to your creative project and small business.
You can cultivate and reinforce your conviction mindset by investing your energy and time into some good ol’ self-reflection (And everyone loves that, right?). If you’re not crazy about sitting down and meditating, make some art. Write a song. Do something with your own brand of creative expression while ruminating on the below:
- Know what you don’t want. I believe it’s just as important as knowing what you do desire.
- Reflect on the best self that you brought to your most proud achievements. Was it your tenacity? Compassion? Self-awareness?
- Be open to the possibility of anything and envision what your future would like without the limitations of fear or self-doubt.
- Pepper your best self into your vision of the creative and professional adventure that you are embarked on. How would your best self react to obstacles and achieving goals?
- Practice gratitude and reflect on the people that uplift, encourage, and help you on your path. Recognize that they trust your vision, and their energy helps strengthen your conviction.