When you set out to be a creative person, you have to remember a simple thing (it’s also the one I remind myself of almost every day): only the output matters.
When you’re creative, you make a promise to your audience. (If you don’t make promises, you don’t have an audience. They have no reason to subscribe.)
Your output – your showing up – is how you keep your promise.
Hence, your creative success can be broken into two simple parts:
That you make interesting promises. (e.g., “I will show up every day with something interesting to say about XYZ”)
That you keep your promises.
The former gives new people a reason to subscribe. The latter gives them a reason to keep consuming your work. (I wrote about it on Medium.)
And that is your creative commitment.
Want to become a writer? Make a commitment to show up regularly with an interesting text.
Want to become a podcaster? Make a commitment to publish one interview per week.
Want to become an entrepreneur? Make a commitment to serve your customers in a way that you want.
It almost doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you make a commitment and execute on it.
P.S. Though ambitious creatives should beware not to over-commit yourself. It’s important to have a lot of room for thoughts and ideas to come.
Rule of thumb: pick 1-2 things you want to have ongoing creative commitments in (e.g., a daily blog) and that’s it.