I'd say the hardest part about preparing for our Kickstarter launch has been mental. Things can get overwhelming pretty quick when you're working towards a challenging goal. I thought I'd share a couple tips I use to help me keep my head up when I start to feel stressed or discouraged.
TIP 1: Use a Mantra
I have a kind of mantra I repeat in my head when I catch my stress level rising. It's a tool I picked up in a Passion Co. workshop last year consisting of four wishes I wrote for myself. I think its power lies in love. I meant it as a gift to myself, an opportunity to love myself the way I would love a friend.
Each phrase begins "May I". Here's mine: "May I emanate love. May I experience joy. May I live with an open heart. May I reside in the present." I highly recommend writing one for yourself. It's quick, easy and endlessly helpful.
TIP 2: Post a Visual Reminder
I like to keep a few quotations in mind while I'm working to keep me calm, focused and happy. I post them in my work space or write them on a board as visual reminders. These are the ones I regularly use:
May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.
-Tracee Ellis Ross
No act is too small when done with gratitude.
I wasn't waiting, I was just standing here enjoying myself (in joy in myself).
With this upcoming Kickstarter launch as with anything, half the battle is mental. If you aren't able to keep your head up and enjoy the process, the dream you're working so hard to achieve can be in serious danger of getting pushed aside before it really even had a chance.
Hope these ideas help you keep on keepin' on, too.