I read the best blog post yesterday - over at Oiselle. Oiselle's high on my list to begin with - they're women-centered creative badasses, and they make the best running shorts I've ever worn. I tend to yoga more than run these days, but their roga shorts are still my summer uniform. One of the perks of being a creative entrepreneur that works out of a treehouse? Running shorts as uniform.
(seriously, if running shorts are your thing check these out.)
One of their runners, Devon Yanko, wrote an essay yesterday about how to run a 100 mile race. And it was interesting in its own right - I've sometimes thought about ultras. But what really struck me was the parallels to creative entrepreneurship.
Yes, it's amazing to chart my own course and decide what I want my business to look like, and then chase down that vision. But you know what? It's a heck of a lot harder than just showing up for work and letting someone else chart your course for you. Now to be honest I'm not all that great at being told what to do, so for me having my own business is a dream and I'm incredibly grateful for it. But still... it can be hard. When things aren't working out exactly the way you'd hoped, or a project that you thought would take a week is now on week 5, or your amazing new idea ended up being neither amazing nor new... it can be a bit of a gut check. So this essay hit some of the spots I've been pondering lately. I encourage you to check it out, but here are the parts that I particularly liked.
Yes! How powerful is that? Our perceptions of our own capabilities and limits are the most powerful thing. That's one of the things I try to keep in the front of my thoughts - change all of your possibilities just by changing your mind. Because the only person who defines my possibilities - that's me.