Today’s world feels increasingly uncertain and new challenges seem to show up every day.
But difficult times aren’t new. In fact, they’re cyclical. There have been all kinds of trying times over the course of human history. We just happen to be in the most recent garbage fire.
Our best bet is to learn from those who came before us. The ones who figured out how to create their own security and showed courage and resilience in the face of adversity.
The following are four ways to practice creating your own security as a creative:
Decide what security means for you
Security means different things for different people. A job might be security for one person and a trap for another. Pinpointing exactly what would make you feel secure (whether it’s having a certain amount in savings, moving, or taking a break) allows you to move from vague anxiety to clarity.
Once you’re clear, you can create an actionable plan that can take you from point A to point B.
Get plugged into a community
Difficult times call for community and connection. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people who can push you forward, share knowledge and resources, and help you avoid pitfalls like wasted time or money, is never a bad idea.
Create an additional source of income
Writers and creatives often forget that they have skills that can make them money right now, not in some distant future. Whether it’s writing copy, teaching, or consulting, even an additional $100 a week can ease worry and create a renewed sense of agency.
Invest in yourself
More skills equal more security. Plain and simple. Invest time (and maybe money) into educating yourself so you can increase your skills, which will in turn allow you to create a more secure future for yourself.
The great Iyanla Vanzant said, “choice is our point of power.”
Ultimately, we can’t control the garbage fire. What we can do is wield our power by making active choices.
You know what to do friends.
Get out there. Get to work.