One of the biggest hurdles I’m facing is promoting my work, getting my ideas out there, and creating visibility.
The success of my writing didn’t happen, nor did my nutrition therapy because my shyness held me back.
It’s proving difficult because I still have a timid habit of working by myself, staying in my shell.
Anxiety sufferers tend to be less successful in life because of this. Success and happiness is connecting to others, and shy introverts have the most challenging time doing this regularly.
Success is built upon expansion; that is to say, we need to expand our horizons and our reach, our influence.
To succeed, you have to sell something, take up space in people’s lives, and pay for it.
That is what marketing is about, taking up space in other peoples minds. Growing awareness for both yourself and the products and services you sell.
The successful artist expands their reach, getting their art into more place, more minds, more homes, and business.
I’ve long been reticent to do that. My fear of being rude, a bore or a nuisance makes it harder to sell to others.
Keeping myself small was a way to keep me safe. To keep to myself, but that just made me feel isolated, lonely.
I don’t feel myself like that, as if I’m waiting for life to happen instead of making things happen, helping others.
To seek my art, I need to spread it around. To reach out, to be seen, take up space, offer ideas, help others. Be a part of a community. I feel this need now more than ever.
To overcome our fears it’s easier to start small and social media is not difficult to upload writing, art for others to see. But the real test is to talk about art and writing with another face to face. Selling to another person, in person.
Or through a seminar, workshop, or art exhibit. Another is online video calls and meetups. Being there in person can provide a deeper connection and go a long way towards selling the product, the service we’re selling.
Being an artist is difficult, but I found being a businessman even harder. My greatest fear is that I don’t have what it take to be a success.
The only way forwards is to do what I fear, talk and keep talking until the fear fade, my ideas spread, and sales follow.