Welcome to the In Conversation Blog! This month, we’re exploring the concept of #gettingoutofyourownway and we talk to Everton Allen of the 305 about being a creative, momentum, and consistency as an entrepreneur.
Read on to see what he had to say about the concept…
The concept of getting out of your own way is funny to me because it’s completely internal; YOU are responsible for the outcome. The other funny thing about this topic is that is actually one of my BIGGEST weaknesses. As a professional creative, I’ve had to really vacillate between work I care about and believe in and much that I don’t.
When you view your creativity as a gift from God like myself, the concept of creating becomes something very different. I can creatively problem-solve with visuals rapidly in my head. Many times I don’t factor in the time and effort it may take to actually get to the end result, which is where the problem arises. I find myself overpromising and underdelivering plenty when it comes to my work simply because I believe I can do more than I actually can. I can process it rapidly but I may not physically have the time or energy to complete it. I also view creativity as a muscle so it’s very easy to exhaust and burn out your resource. This is the second dilemma as I load myself up with work, both meaningful and not so meaningful, that seems easy at first but requires more than anticipated. On top of that, there’s only so much energy I can dedicate to truly creating over a given period.
So how do I cope? The only answer is ACTION, to be honest. I’ve been approached with amazing opportunities during this wild year and every time, I find myself getting in my own way. There’s always this level of anxiety I have to fight through before I get to the end product. What I’ve learned is that I have to trust God’s timing, trust the process, and not let my own frenetic timing concept completely destroy the opportunity. Being gentle with my own expectations of self is a constant lesson. I’ve accomplished a lot in my life so there’s always this pressure to ascend higher. Many people that have experienced success in life relate to this. But patience and action is the only way to get through at this point. Allow the work to come to you. Let it feel right.
Everything will be as it is supposed to be.
Watch what else Everton had to say about not getting in your own way.