How to build courage to sell your work is an important lesson to learn as a creative. Often we take our work personally as it has come from us, because of that, going out there and selling it can feel terrifying. We under price ourselves, or worse still-give our work away for free. All of this reduces our chances of building a sustainable creative career.
I had the pleasure of talking about this topic with coach and fellow podcaster Lynsay Anne from Choose Courage Podcast. Lynsay shares tips on how you can build courage yourself, with no fancy equipment. All you need is yourself and a desire to make positive changes. You can listen to it below.
The first steps you can take
The first steps need to start with you. Forgive yourself for where you are right now. Forget about past challenges and failures for a moment, and thank yourself for getting this far. Some days it might feel like you still have so far to go on your career journey which is why it is important to take a look at how far you have come.
If you are someone who has recently graduated, take time to congratulate yourself for all of the hard work, connections, and dreams that you created while you were studying.
If you are someone who is taking a side ways career step, I’ve been there too and I acknowledge your bravery. This is the time to really thank yourself for taking the time to dream and believe in what you really want to do with the rest of your life.
Courage is something that needs to be nurtured. It allows us to take big steps, choose big goals and make a big impact. Sadly there is no quick fix. You need to give yourself permission to grow, acknowledge that it will be scary at times, but you can still accept those challenges feeling that way. Courage is all about feeling those difficult emotions but going for it anyway!
30 day choose courage building challenge
Lynsay has a special 30 day choose courage challenge to help you build your own courage which you can download here:£30 day challenge
Get some friends to join in the challenge with you to help you reach your goals. Lynsay breaks it down into manageable tasks that you can do even if you have very little time. She is a working mum herself, and understands the time pressures.
And to add to your goodie bag, I have created a free worksheet that you can download to use as you listen to the podcast.
You have made the first steps towards building your courage and I am cheering for you. I have been there many times during my career when things felt scary or else I wasn’t sure I had the guts to reach my goals. The key is to start where you are right now, small steps really do get you there in the end.
Here are some other articles that you might help you with your journey.
What to do when you lose your passion
How to discover what creative career you want
Staying small can be good for your business
If you’ve enjoyed this free content and workbook, I’d love to raise my coffee cup to you.