A few weeks ago I posted abook review of The War of Art. One of the major things author Steven Pressfield covers in this book is the concept of Resistence.
Resistence is anything which stands in the way of us achieving success as an artist, writer, actor, you name it. The harder we try to “make it,” the more resistence stands in our way. It is the main reason many creative people give up on pursuing their dreams.
I have been dealing with resistence over the past few weeks. It started when I opted to purchase a store front through artstorefronts.com. This high end online store option includes not only an online shop you can set up, but the marketing and mentoring needed to help you achieve success. After doing a lot of research, I felt this was an important step for me to take.
It’s not cheap, however, and even though I opted for the least expensive package (with the aim of upgrading later) I still had to put it on my credit card. Then I had to find some way of paying it back. Currently my art sales are not enough to cover it unless I want to drag the process out indefinitely.
I let my husband know I was interested in picking up some extra work. On occasion I have done odd jobs for him through the storage rental business he manages and I have done work for his boss too.
He shared my offer with his boss, Joel and soon Joel had me working on technical letters for him at a pretty good pay rate. The problem is, as often happens with the business, what was supposed to be part time work done on my schedule soon became a monster with crisis work and priorites being shifted. I’ve gone from putting out one brush fire after another as these letters get scheduled to print for various purposes and technical issues between the letter coding and the systems arise.
As if that’s not stressful enough, Amazon decided to redo their shipping options and notified those selling through Amazon Handmade that we had to set up shipping again, including special templates. I carved out time to do this, but was still in the dark regarding some of the shipping options. It’s all a learning curve. I had left in express shipping and expedited shipping and before long, I had a large spoon rest I had to ship expedited to New Jersy when I really didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t realize when I first processed the order that it was to go xxpress shipping so I had to unpackage and credit the shipping label back and do it all over again even having to make a special run to UPS. As of this writing I have deleted express and expedited shipping as an option. Yes, I can sell more stuff but right now, until I get a better handle on it, I am elminated that option.
The same day I had the express shipping order I also had a request through Amazon Handmade for a return. The postal service managed to break two beach glass and copper wire bracelets. Issuing the return postage label was not as streamlined as it should have been and I had to do some fancy troubleshooting. This problem won’t be resolved until I get the damaged bracelets back and reship some replacements.
This week I also had a board meeting for Uni4artists, and art show to prepare for, art and craft class scheduling and planning and lastly prep for farmer’s market this Saturday. I had every intention of working on my Artstorefronts shop, however, resistence raised its ugly head.
I am sharing this to show how hard it is to stay focused and do the work needed to achieve one’s goals. This morning my next task in hand is to try to remedy the current messed up letter issue for Joel’s company. I plan to stick to my guns and work on only that and one other thing for Joel today. Then it’s back to my game plan. Resistence will not win out. I’m in it for the long haul.