These three words can mean so much right?
As most creative people experience on a regular basis, this strange desire to do all three of these things… sometimes at the same time! It can be exhausting. Many a day, When I feel overwhelmed, I whine and say, “That’s it. I quit!” I can’t. I don’t want to. (I can be a bit of a baby sometimes :))
So when Sam came across the sign and sent me this picture… I thought wowza. A creative life on a directional sign.
Exit. We think to ourselves, retract yourself from the business of being creative, and do something else. Something that is less taxing, less challenging. Recognizing the difficulty of trying to constantly “one up” yourself. Not only for the client who deserves that but also for yourself.
To be better than the last party.
To be better than the last idea.
Just to be more.
Many times, exit feels like the way to go. “I’m tired!”, you say. “Not sure if I can do this anymore”, we whine. Or generally just feel unworthy of it all (words spoken often by die hard people-pleasers!)
But it’s not an option…
Stop. What the hell does stop mean? Just stop? Stand still? Embrace the idea that you have today? Enjoy the moment or just do what you have done before?
Stop pushing yourself to do something more. Do the same thing, use that same chair, that same vase. Blech!
How many of us that are creative hate the idea of doing the Same….
I mean just giving up and taking an order from a client. No way! Can’t do it.
It’s pretty right? We did a great job.
We provide a product. So if that’s what someone wants we should sell it right? And it IS Pretty and the party looks great… you’ve done your job right? The linen is lovely, the centerpiece fresh, the candles glowing. All the needs have been addressed and you love all of the details… The escort card. The invite. The favor…. But it doesn’t feel new, and as a designer you feel like you’re just doing what you have seen.
But stopping is not an option. Doing what you have done before and repeated a dozen times does not sustain a creative soul. Stopping and being stagnate is a little bit of creative death in a way. None of us who love the work in parties and events wants to stop.
We want to grow and create and develop and impress our client.
It’s not an option.
So keep reading.
Ah. This is something we creative party people can get our head around right?
What’s next. “Taking it to the next level”, as they say. Changing the game. So many tag lines to choose from here guys…
So what to do? I challenge those of us in the biz of events and the thousands of people who see this to keep pushing, be better, do more and actually change the game.
Experiment, attempt an idea that you cannot find a picture of! How freeing that would be!
Because exiting or stopping are not options when you love doing events and weddings. When you love meeting these wonderful people and seeing them happy.
And especially when you love what you do and you’re good at it!
So push everybody. It’s time to get to the next level. I believe in you and me.
We can do it.