I want it all, right now.
I want to be the most successful YouTuber that has ever existed and I want that title this very minute. I'll often lie to myself and say otherwise. That I'm in the growing stage, that hussle is necessary,etc. But the truth is I'm impatient for immediate success. This is how I feel after creating content on my YouTube channel for about a year and a half, and this is how I felt after I posted my very first video.
Yes, I know it's unrealistic.
One of my early past times was perusing the early videos of some of my favorite YouTubers, the ones that were the most successful. More often than not I found that they toiled away in obscurity for years before their following grew to its current size. And this was 5-7 years ago, when the market was nowhere near as saturated as it is now.
And yet I'm still hungry. For the growth. For the audience. For the engagement.
I look at the success of black creatives like Donald Glover and Issa Rae who are so successful that people are beginning to forget that they even started on YouTube. I see myself there in 15 years, though I actually want it tomorrow.
How do I balance this hunger with reality? There are three things I rely on more than anything: prayer, gratitude, and goal-setting.
Anything that God has for me will materialize. There are no and's, if's, or but's about it. I pray that the Lord gives me the energy, focus and renewed spirit to remain creative and inspired, and the drive to always work hard to achieve my Earthly goals.
I remember how successful I am. There are currently over a thousand people who saw my content and said, "Yes, this is someone I want to follow." That's INSANE. Of all the things people could do with their time, they're choosing to engage with me. I don't take that for granted for a second.
Okay, so a million in a year might be unrealistic. But 1K in 6 months? I can do that. 1 video a week? I can do that. Launching a website? I can do that. By setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely, I chip away at numbers that are at first glance insurmountable.
Prayer, gratitude, and goal-setting. I stay hungry, I stay humble, I have patience and I walk with the Lord. I already have it all.