Attending KidLitVic2018 was honestly one of the highlights of what has been a very busy year for me. Even though the view from my window in Melbourne was a bit different to the one in New York, I was honestly just as excited to be there and meet friends I had made on Facebook but had never met in real life. I was also excited to see them ‘Level Up’ at this conference, just like I knew they would, because it has happened to me so many times before, just like it did at KidLitVic2018.
Being around people who share your passion is empowering. Empowered people search out education on how they can be more successful in making their dream a reality. Successful people learn successful behaviours and that is what creates the confidence to keep going, even when you are faced with a ‘no’ or a ‘not me’ or a ‘not now’.
It filled me up to see so many of my friends getting the confidence to have their work displayed, have their work assessed and walk up to strangers and turn them into friends.
When you decide to start taking your work and yourself seriously as an author or illustrator, or one of those rare, unicorn-like creatures called author/illustrators, you’ll reach a threshold where you must decide if you’re ready to go to the next level.
Most people get comfortable at a certain stage because they don’t want to deal with the emotional purging involved in levelling up. The fact that you attended KidLitVic, means you are ready. When you decide to level up and go bigger, your life becomes different for a short period of time.
Here’s how I know you levelled up at KidLitVic2018:
1. Your Confidence Temporarily Dropped
If you’ve been successful in the past, and for some reason feel derailed, don’t take that as a sign you’re on the wrong path. Chances are, you’ve levelled up without realizing it.
When you’ve had a chance to process the new information you have received, your life will improve. You’ll become more competent, successful, and confident. Your interactions with other people will be far deeper and more meaningful.
2. You Began to Question Yourself and Your Goals
At some point, you might have begun to question yourself and the path you’re on. Firstly, if you can put into practice what you learnt at KidLitVic2018, you will be living at a much higher and more powerful level than ever before. You’re just adjusting to what that means.
For a while, it will feel like you’re going through the motions. But your brain has been exposed to higher level thinking and when you start writing again, you will have so much momentum that muscle memory will take over to make you think differently about your work.
You levelled-up for a reason. You learned how to do things other people who didn’t attend haven’t discovered. Everything you’ve done has brought you to this point. Now is your time to rise to the challenge.
3. What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There
New information brings an opportunity to flow forward. It allows for more angles on the same beautiful experiences, relationships, and meanings you’ve had in the past. It makes you a better author or illustrator.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Prepare for faster growth than you’ve ever experienced before. Your momentum is now multiplied and compounded because you are no longer alone on your quest. You have lots of tribe members to support you. Not only that, but something inside of you expanded beyond the dimensions of what you could thought you could create.
Let it happen.
You’re on to something great right now, all thanks to attending KidLitVic2018.
Don’t be afraid to level up.
I believe in you.