Hi everyone! Here is the fourth post in the Twitch 101 series. These series once again are hugely supported by my Patreon, so be viewer or else, support is always appreciated. Regardless, these will continue to come for free for aspiring broadcasters and the like.
Again, these posts will be geared and focused on helping you, or people you know, with the knowledge I have. These posts are not designed to get you a six figure salary from Twitch.They are to help you overcome roadblocks, be a better broadcaster, learn things you didn’t know and help yourself.
Recently I started planning on Youtube content, I started planning three different twitch shows, a podcast and a few other production level projects. I started up four different projects related to the channel and started managing a re-brand, as well as trying to work for my team. This, as you can expect, broke me.
I realized shortly after having a mini panic attack that I was leaving projects behind, wasn’t sticking to my day planner, or outright ignoring responsibilities, that I was over-focused.
Being over-focused leads to obsession, and obsession leads to disappointment.
It’s so easy to get caught up in your next great idea, and to start it immediately. I like to take action, I like to jump into the fray on a new idea and let the idea develop as I go along. I thrive on chaos, I need it. But I still got stressed out, and burnt out. Being over-focused, being hyper attentive to every small idea and how well it’s doing and how successful it is, made these ideas unsuccessful before they even had a chance to succeed.
When you work 12 hours a day and only get paid for one, you’re going to be disappointed.
I’ve seen far too many friends and broadcasters obsess over becoming a Twitch partner, the esteemed status of being able to monetize your channel. They get so caught up in this idea that they create shows, projects, do crazy things, they pour days worth of time into these ideas that they believe will be the next big thing. It hits so hard when it isn’t.
I know this feeling, I’ve been there so many times. It causes you to blame people, causes you to doubt yourself, doubt the future. You’ve focused so hard on this grand idea and you keep saying “the next one, the next one.” But the disappointment only grows when you don’t reach that goal, or that idea wasn’t successful.
The idea is, being over-focused leads to being so engrossed in your dream, so far in the future, that you forget the little things. You start to look at your viewcount when you’re imagining 1000 people in there and it hits you in the chest when there isn’t. It makes you say things like: “I only get this many viewers.” It makes you analyze every single number, every single aspect of your stream, and it makes you stop having fun.
What works for me? I get out, I take a walk, I spend hours with myself and I think on things. I thrive on chaos, it fuels my creativity. But I realized after near breaking myself that I wasn’t appreciating the past and dismissing the present. I write down an idea and if it’s still so drilled into my head after a week, I work on it. I do my daily show, I gather feedback and I still don’t act on most ideas. Sometimes it’s just better to focus on you, what you’re doing, and what’s going on.
Focusing on the end goal is fantastic, you should live in the future. But you have to remember to appreciate the road there and not just the finish line. If you have a goal, set it, if you have an idea, work at it. But don’t focus so hard that everything becomes a number, and every statistic is a failure for you.
Slow down, be reminded of the little things, stop comparing and start caring. Success shouldn’t be your only muse.
Thanks for reading!
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*Sincere apologies for the delay since the last post, my laptop actually broke and I was left unable to write these in the fashion and format that I wanted to, hence the delay. Now that I’m equipped with another laptop, I’ll be able to regularly post!