I am the first to say that I suffer from ‘I wish’ syndrome. I often wish that I had more ~ sales, traffic, recognition, etc. As a perfectionist and a visionary, if things are not going the way I planned, I get stuck in a downward spiral of negativity. And negativity absolutely kills my motivation to paint. Not to mention this gets in the way of appreciating what I am currently successful at.
I want to challenge you to take an honest look at your life (or creative process) and find five things that are not only going well, but are helping you on your path to making your dreams a reality. They can be small choices or even items you have checked off your ‘to do’ list. Remember that your dream will become reality with small and steady progress towards a goal. Hint: it has a lot more to do with determination than confidence. Confidence comes after you achieve a success (even small successes)!
Here is my list:
1. I finally submitted artwork (after procrastinating for years) to a publication.
2. I make a weekly ‘to do’ list and try to cross one item a day.
3. I made a decision to invest in myself and hired a business coach.
4. I began to schedule FB posts each week so that I can focus my time on other things.
5. I asked my husband to take the kids on Sat. mornings out of the house so I can paint uninterrupted.
“Connected” is a new painting I completed after months of not finding motivation to finish.