So you’ve been trying to make videos for your business.
You have spent days in the studio or home office trying to make these silly videos, but nothing is right.
You are thinking maybe you are just not cut out for this video thing. Maybe it’s time to just quit?
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Today's topic is about having a hard time making videos and wanting to give up. I have totally been there. I know how it feels.
So after years of creating videos, I went through this little experience myself. I had been creating sewing videos for probably five years and then I went to create a signature program where I stand up in front of a camera like I am doing now.
I was in the studio for five days trying to create this program and I just couldn't get it.
Finally at like day three, I was starting to feel a little more comfortable looking at the camera and I brought it home and my husband. He said “yeah, it's not too bad, if I could edit some spots out”.
Then I came back and I wanted to just try to make it better. And I just kept dwelling on this one video. The first video out of 30 videos. Now the program is actually 60 different steps, but at the time it was just half of it.
It was just so hard. I remember being so frustrated and wondering, “Why can I not get this? I've been on video, what is my problem?”
I do talk about this in other videos, but I just wanted to just kind of share that story a little bit and out of that experience there's a few things that I learned.
So I wanted to share those with you, because of course the last thing I want is for you to give up. If you feel like making videos is what you need to do in your business, then you have to push forward.
You have to keep going. And I think that maybe a few of these steps will help you, if not all of them. Okay? So I have seven steps to share with you.
#1 - It okay if the learning process is slow at first it will get faster
So please don't beat yourself up too much about it taking too long. Sometimes it just takes the amount of time that it takes. You have to kind of go with it, go with the flow and not struggle with it so much.
You really don’t need to think “What is wrong with me? Why can't I get this?” Because there's nothing wrong with you. You just need to keep going.
Maybe all you get done is one video in a day. Even though you wanted to get done in five. You have to just take your time with it. It does take time to get comfortable on video.
#2 - There's nothing wrong with trying again and trying new ways
You want to just keep trying. Maybe you try making your video one way. So say you try it with a teleprompter and that doesn't really work out.
You watch it back and you're like, “oh, I'm like a robot”.
Then you come in the next day and you try again and you try something different. You write down some notes and you try glancing at your notes and reading it that way.
Maybe you try it reading off of a screen.
I have a screen that I'm reading off of right now. Honestly, I prefer notes or pieces of paper in front of me now because then if I look down then you see that I'm looking down to see rather than looking off in a different direction.
It's harder for me to read a screen, but you know, you get what I'm saying.
It's okay to try something new, try it again, try it again, and try it again. And, if that doesn't work, try something new, switch it up, try a different way to see if that flows and works better for you.
#3 - Trying too hard, is not going to make the project flow better
It's just not, so just stop, stop trying so hard.
It's a very common belief that when you let something go, it comes back to you. Or when you let something go, it then becomes easier. So it's the same with this.
If you try too hard, it's just going to look like you're trying really hard.
Now, I know that you do have to try. You have to put in your best effort. And, it's always going to probably feel like a push. Like right now I'm trying.
I'm trying to do the best that I can. We all are. No matter what we're doing. Whether we're making videos, whether we're trying to be a good parent, whether we're trying to make our business better. It's all trying.
But with video you need time, so just try to back off a little bit so that it flow a little bit easier.
#4 - Your brain needs time to process and create new pathways
So give your brain some time. If you feel like you messed up and feel like nothing's going right, but then take a that night to just sleep on it, and then come back the next day and try again, it might may all the difference.
You may need even longer, though. Maybe it turns out that you need a couple of weeks or a month. I mean, I literally took like I think six months. It was a really long break from my project that wasn’t working.
And, I ended up doing something completely different, so I did get back into doing videos, but I just paused on that whole signature program because it wasn't flowing for me. I needed time to get a little bit better. So maybe that's what you need.
Maybe you need time for your brain to learn what you need to do. Who knows how much time you need, you just have to try it. Try a couple of days, try it again.
If it doesn't work, try a couple of weeks, try a couple months and eventually it'll come back and then it'll flow. You'll think, “Why was that so hard? Why couldn't I get it then?”
But it's because your brain just needs some time to learn and adjust and process.
#5 - Struggling just means it's time to take a break, so it's break time
If you find that it's just too difficult, you're just struggling your way through, the best way to fix anything, no matter what you're doing, it to take a break.
If you're struggling, you need to just relax and chill and just do something different.
Get your mind off of it, stop creating your videos. Some of these are very similar to each other. They all are kind of different ways of just time and breaks. A break is kind of like taking time off, but it can be shorter.
It can be just like, stop filming, go for a walk around your studio, go for a walk around your house, have a cup of tea. Sometimes that's all you need to do.
Maybe even just pausing. You can keep your video rolling and you can just stop and pause. Take a breath and take the little break that you need.
#6 - You can always pick up where you left off in a week or two (or more)
Maybe it’s a week or two, or more if you need it. So we've kind of touched on this, but this point is a little different. You just need to just stop and remember yourself that you can stop and pick it up where you left off later.
It's not like if you stop today, it's all gone and done with. You can always try again. Pick it up where you left off. Make one video, come back, make another video. Just keep improving. It doesn't mean that you have to totally give up.
It's always there. The cameras and your audience are there. They're waiting for you and you can just pick it up, again. I want you to keep trying to pick it up.
Try to get comfortable and just keep going.
#7 - Being a perfectionist on a premium product is perfectly fine
So a lot of people will say that you shouldn't be a perfectionist. I do agree that too much chasing after perfection is not good. It can delay the process, it can get it to the point where you never put yourself out there, and you never put your product out there.
You never say anything, and you never make your videos.
But I think that if you can focus on creating the best quality content and videos that you can and really put some time into it, there's nothing wrong with that.
There are a few people that do talk about perfectionism and being a perfectionist and creating your best work and I think there is a place for that.
You can be a perfectionist if that is you. If you're creating something of quality that's going to be around for a long time, then doing a good job on it is fine.
You can also redefined what perfect is and maybe it's okay that you come in at 90 percent or 80 percent.
When I create my products, I try to do the best that I can. I know they're never going to be perfect, but I still want to strive for 90 percent, but I do still let them go out if they're not.
But what I'm saying is, it's okay to strive for that.
You've got to decide on your own how perfect you want to be on something and don't let somebody tell you that you can't be perfect.
Okay, that is basically the seven things that I have learned from struggling.
So, I would love to hear from you!
I'd love to hear where you have struggled. Do you feel like giving up and why do you feel like giving up what, what has been going wrong?
I know there's a lot of other things that can go wrong.
There's equipment failures. There's maybe not having the money to get started. Maybe not having the right equipment. There are so many things.
But I feel like a lot of it does come down to you and yourself. And you just need to keep going, but taking those breaks that you need.
It really is that simple of a message.
And, I don't think the solution is to give up. I think the solution is to keep going and trying.
So please leave a comment below and let me know your experience and why you wanted to give up?
And if you did want give up, what did you do to keep going?
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So that is basically it for this video.
All right, see you later. Bye.
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