I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Motivation

These days, I’m sure like many, my pri­ma­ry source of read­ing mate­r­i­al is via the inter­net, or more specif­i­cal­ly my feed read­er. There’s a lot of great con­tent out on the web and fil­ter­ing out the cruft to get to it can be a bit of a mis­sion. We are bom­bard­ed with infor­ma­tion clam­our­ing for our atten­tion the moment we open our web brows­er, so find­ing a way of weed­ing out the crap to reveal the good stuff is imper­a­tive.
The trou­ble is once you’ve found a few choice blogs which pro­vide you with qual­i­ty and fair­ly reg­u­lar con­tent, doors are opened. Opened to a world of inspi­ra­tion. Inspi­ra­tion to cre­ate for your­self, be it design, writ­ing or what­ev­er floats your boat. This in itself is fan­tas­tic. The more good stuff out there the more every­one ben­e­fits and the more peo­ple are inspired to go out and cre­ate. Let’s face it at the heart of every­thing that’s cre­at­ed there’s an inspi­ra­tion that’s been har­nessed to pro­duce some­thing unique.
On the oth­er side of this there’s a neg­a­tive. Once you’re up and run­ning cre­at­ing con­tent that *you* are pleased with, the dis­trac­tions appear. There’s traf­fic stats, how many peo­ple are vis­it­ing? How many peo­ple are stay­ing? How many peo­ple like what you’ve done enough to sub­scribe and be noti­fied when you cre­ate more? Then there are the com­par­isons. How come they get more than me? What’s so dif­fer­ent about their writ­ing than mine? Why can’t I exe­cute my designs like that? It has an impact. It stops you cre­at­ing, you lose your focus and the things you do cre­ate don’t bring the enjoy­ment they used to. Cre­at­ing becomes a chore as you try to find the break through that will bring you the traf­fic, or is it the recog­ni­tion, of the peo­ple you look up to?
It’s a nasty spi­ral and some­thing we all go through. For what­ev­er rea­son, it seems to be human nature to com­pare what you cre­ate to those around you. It starts ear­ly in school. There’s the com­pe­ti­tion with grades, that feel­ing you’ve put your heart and soul into some­thing yet you only get a B but your mate gets an A and did it all the night before. Every time you go home your par­ents remind you, there’s no proof they did it the night before. Chances are they worked on it just as much as you did, if not more, and there­in lies the rea­son for their high­er grades.
Sim­i­lar­ly the same applies to the blogs and design­ers you come across on the inter­net. They’ve worked at it, and they’ve worked damn hard. It does­n’t just come over night, for some it comes quick­er than oth­ers, but every time it’s deserved.
The trick is to make it enjoy­able. Find that thing that makes you smile. That gives you the sat­is­fied feel­ing up on press­ing pub­lish which can only come when you’ve worked at some­thing. Remove those bar­ri­ers, get rid of the nag­ging ques­tions. Push them aside and con­cen­trate on mak­ing what you cre­ate the best it can be. When you have those crises of con­fi­dence. Take a step back, review the sit­u­a­tion, look at what you’ve done in the past that has sat­is­fied you and know that you can do it.
Most impor­tant­ly check your moti­va­tion. If you’re cre­at­ing to try and sat­is­fy oth­ers what you cre­ate won’t be the best it can. You can’t sat­is­fy oth­ers because you don’t know exact­ly what their require­ments and needs are. You only know what will sat­is­fy you, and you’ll only know it when it’s been achieved.
So what sat­is­fies me?
Know­ing that I’ve done my best to bring to glo­ry to God in all I do. As a Chris­t­ian my pri­or­i­ty is my rela­tion­ship with Jesus. I try and begin each day with spend­ing some time with my Lord, read­ing His word, lis­ten­ing and speak­ing with Him.
I go to work in the knowl­edge that I’m not going alone. That He is with me, my source of inspi­ra­tion, my moti­va­tion. I try to work in a way that demon­strates this to my col­leagues through my behav­iours and the way I approach my work. All in the hope that they will see some­thing dif­fer­ent with in me.
So what’s the rea­son for this post?
It’s some­what of a reminder. That if that’s the way I approach my work, why is it that the fig­ures in my Mint instal­la­tion mat­ter so much? They should­n’t. The rea­son I like to cre­ate is the same as the rea­son I apply myself to my work in the man­ner I do. I want to use my gifts to bring glo­ry to Him. I want to cre­ate qual­i­ty con­tent, not because it might increase the num­bers, but because I want peo­ple to see that I’ve some­thing in my life that mat­ters far more. Some­thing that dri­ves me to do that best I can in every­thing I do, not just in cer­tain areas of my life, but in **every­thing**.