I have two simple questions today, and I would love for you to email me and let me know:
- What is your biggest fear regarding your creative work in 2016?
- What is your greatest hope for it?
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your answers.
I will kick this off by answering the questions myself below:
What is my biggest fear regarding my creative work in 2016? That all of my clever ideas won’t work. That, despite my best efforts, other people’s messages will resonate with those I want to reach more than my own. That, even though I deeply believe in the work I do, that I will squander the opportunity by either investing my energy in the wrong things, or worse: diminish its edge and focus by trying to make it appeal to too broad of an audience. That I will be less honest publicly than I could, maybe because I am trying to protect myself, maybe because I think it will make my ideas more appealing. And yes, I’m afraid that others will simply be smarter, more clever, more helpful, more amazing, and work harder than I did.
What is my greatest hope for my creative work in 2016? That I can help other creative people move to the next level. That I don’t just inspire them, but that my work actually has an affect in their lives that changes things for the better. And let’s face it, I want to feel that I have moved things for myself to that next level too. That my message and my daily work has a renewed sense of clarity. And that people SEE and FEEL that clarity — that it resonates better than it has in the past. That an underlying sense of momentum permeates the year, and that while everything I try won’t work, that one of my ideas will become a breakout success. And that this will open up a path that no longer seems so fraught with weeds, dead ends, and cliffs. That it leads to a new landscape filled with amazingly creative folks. And that this landscape is filled with people taking ACTIONS to fulfill the vision they have for their work.
So why am I asking you these questions? Because I want to better serve you in 2016. Better newsletters & blogs that speak to your needs; better courses and services; better, well, Better Dan.
And I can’t do that unless you tell me the stuff that you most hope to achieve with your creative work, or the biggest roadblocks to your creative work.
So please consider letting me know.