Don’t be fearless
Don't worry if you're not a great designer yet. Even the best ones started out as not-so-great. Just keep at it, and imagine how great you'll be in ten years if you keep going. It takes time and effort to improve, but you'll get there if you develop a positive mindset and don’t compare yourself to others.
Progress is progress, no matter how small – so give yourself time.
Designer Boss Summit
I've just signed up for the upcoming Designer Boss Summit on May 10-12th. This free 3-day digital conference is specifically for web and graphic designer entrepreneurs who want to learn how to work smarter in their businesses. It features 17 talented Kiwi and Aussie designer speakers, and looks to be a valuable opportunity to gain insight and inspiration.
(Not an ad! Just something I’m looking forward to :).
What would a confident designer do?
I was on a road trip recently and listened to a podcast with Tim Ferriss and James Clear. It's a long podcast with many great concepts, but the one that stood out to me the most was about identity-based habits.
According to James, to change your identity, you should ask yourself, "What would a person with this identity do?" and then take action based on your answer.
For example, to become a more confident designer you would ask yourself, "What would a confident designer do in this situation?" Then take actions based on your answer. By consistently taking these actions, you’ll develop the mindset and habits of a confident designer.
It seems like such a simple approach, but developing new habits that match who you want to be can make it much easier to create long-lasting improvements in your life.
If you're interested in hearing Tim and James talk about this concept, you can find it around the 48-minute mark.