So it’s June 2018. We are officially halfway through the year and although it’s a fun and exciting season with summer on the way it can also be a daunting time too. I say daunting as this check point can make you reflect on the past 6 months and analyse if you have achieved the goals you have set out or check you are on track to achieve them.
For me, I’ve also found that’s it’s been a trying time where doubt creeps up and I question my ability in my skills or the possibility of achieving my goals at all. I start to wonder if I have what it takes to make things happen and even if they do happen, will it be a success?
So how do you fight the feelings of doubt and try to regain confidence in your skills and persevere with your passion? One quote I saw, which I thought was very helpful - “When you feel like giving up, remember why you started.”
Remember why you decided to start putting your thoughts, visions, dreams into action. Remember your passion and why you love it so much. Remember how far you have come and use your past successes to remind you that if you did it then, you can do it again.
I’m having to remind myself I can do the things I question myself on and instead of asking “but what if this doesn’t work?” remind myself that it did last time so why won’t it work again if you put in the same or more hard work and effort. Don’t let “what ifs“ stop you from moving forward in reaching your goals. You’ll never know until you try and if you have tried and succeeded in the past, who can say it won’t be a success again. Even if it doesn’t work out, you have to be proud of taking that risk and I’m sure the lessons you learn will outweigh the losses. Turn all your L’s into lessons (word to Chance the Rapper).
In order to progress, I think you have to take on new challenges and yes it might be scary but have the courage to step out in faith. Yes we are halfway through the year, now let’s see what we can accomplish in the next 6 months.
Let me know if you have any other tips or advice on dealing with doubt.
On 1st February 2017 I started my Freelance Music PR & Creative Arts Events business - E. Stellar PR. It was something that I had been wanting to venture out and do for a long time but never had the courage or confidence in myself and my skills to actually do it. I would always think I didn’t have enough knowledge to start a business not realising that you don’t have to it all sorted out in the beginning, the most important thing is that you actually start. So I finally got the gumption (got that word from the film ‘The Holiday’, one of my favourite films in life) and “just do it” attitude to start and put my thoughts into action.
Why is it called E. Stellar? ‘E’ is after my name and in Latin, the meaning of the name Estelle is star. Stellar has two meanings:
1. of a star or stars
2. Stellar people or activities are of an extremely high standard
As E. Stellar PR, I aim to do everything to a high standard and shine a light (star, stellar) on incredible artists. Once I had a name and decided on a business idea, I got to working on establishing the brand and knew I wanted to put on an event to launch the business.
In April I had my first live music and poetry/spoken word event - Life & Soul in Bristol and it was a success with an array of local talent and a great turn out. I was overwhelmed by the support I had received from friends, family and music and poetry fans. In October I launched Life & Soul in London and this was truly a huge success. Over 100 people came, the room was filled and the feedback I received regarding the artists, the musicians and the event as a whole was great. I’m so thankful to everyone involved in the events so far and still in shock that the events have happened. I’ve always had a vision to host my own live music and poetry event and to see it come to fruition and be a success was so rewarding. It was the best feeling to know I saw something through to completion and to top it off, people enjoyed it which was all I wanted.
Launching E. Stellar PR was my highlight of 2017. I’m glad I started this journey as I’ve learnt so much about my skills and grown more confident. I know I have a long way to go, I’m critical and see room for improvement. I know I have a lot more to learn about running a successful business, growing a brand and hope to continue to develop the ideas I have. Throughout this process, I have realised that this is my passion and one of the things I was put on this earth to do.
I say all of this not to brag but to encourage and inspire that if I (flaws and all) can start something like this so can you. You may have ideas/visions and aren’t sure how it’s going to work out. It may seem overwhelming and you might question your ability but from someone with those same thoughts, I would say just start, just go for it. It’s ok to figure it out and learn as you go along, everything will fall into place. As long as the goal you set out is clear, the road may not be straight but trust, believe and have faith you will reach your destination.
I look forward to a bigger and better 2018 and as it nears to a year since I acted on my ideas officially, it’s important to look back on what I have accomplished and use it as a step up to achieving the next set of objectives. I hope 2018 is a year of making your dreams and visions happen. You might not see the end achievement this year but you’ll be further along the path than if you hadn’t started at all, that’s progress to be proud of.
May 2018 be a year of more life, more love and more blessings for us all.
Check out a fantastic review on the launch event that took place in Bristol 09.04.17 by One More Open Heart here.
Thank you for such lovely words!