“A slow-down in commissions can be a time to reflect, refuel and simply do something different. I used to be anxious at the idea of this, as of course it has financial implications. It can cause moments of self-doubt, so to stay motivated, it’s important to see it as an opportunity, rather than a failure.
“We live in a society that is in a constant race, so being able to stop, make time and look around is only a good thing. There is positivity in everything. And as Gandhi said: ‘There is more to life than increasing its speed.’”
Well, what Gandhi said was good – but what Sarah says is brilliant too. And just as universal.
Though this question might appear to be aimed specifically at getting work for a freelancer or studio, it is just as relevant for someone applying for a job; or someone who wants to do something for themselves, rather than for a client or agency.
When the job offers or commissions aren’t coming in quite as quickly as you’d hoped, that extra bit of time is a good time to reflect and reassess. It might be an opportunity to change tactics and approach (if affordable, of course).
It’s also vital for self-improvement and self-investment. Use spare or slow time for you; put it into your creativity, your inspirations, influences and interests. Because I can guarantee you folks, if there is nothing coming in, then nothing will come out, and that’s hardly motivating.
Regardless of your situation, slowing down offers rare time to redirect energy, and reflect on status quo. So when you think about it, it’s less a case of doom and gloom, as boom and bloom. Treat it like this, and, if nothing else, you certainly won’t be short of motivation.
For more Craig wisdom, his book ‘Oh Sh*t What Now?’ is available via Laurence King.