If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.– Pat Riley
There is so much written about positive thinking. There must be something to it. I can contribute much of my success to positive thinking… along with taking action.
Positive thinking does you no good if you are not taking action. And, if you are acting on the wrong things, even with positive thinking, you’re sunk.
How to Make a Positive Attitude Possible.
I believe a positive attitude comes out of self-belief and the desire to succeed. Working on plans with realistic outcomes is how you boost your enthusiasm and self-confidence. Success at what you are doing will help add to your outlook, but you can’t count on attitude alone to be the driving factor.
You can support your positive attitude and self-belief by making achievable plans and acting on them with conviction. Following this advice will make you successful.
So, how do you get there? Where is the instruction manual?
For many, the first step is learning to identify any actions or thoughts that are holding you back from moving towards success. It’s not enough to know where you want to go if head trash is holding you back from going there. I’ll come back to that thought.
If you want to be successful and have the career you dream about, you have to learn to make time for doing the right things at the right time. I think the best you can do is to focus on one thing at a time. That is, isolate yourself from distractions that pull your attention away from doing what is essential and urgent right now.
Are you sabotaging your career, or are you on the wrong career path?
If things are not working as planned, it could be you are sabotaging your career because you are afraid of failure. Or, maybe you are fearful of success. You may suffer from impostor syndrome. (If you do, you are not alone. It’s a common problem.) Or, maybe you have entirely different underlying reasons why you are not working on what is essential.
If something is holding you back, it is time to get in touch with your higher self and learn why. Or, maybe you need to readjust what your true vision of success looks like. You may be aspiring to something that is not your goal, not your path, not your life.
The most critical four inches to your success are between your ears.
I’m not here to armchair psychoanalyze your motivations or career. I can only say when I encounter an artist who is not meeting their potential. I can usually see a pattern of thinking that is causing their problems. In many cases, they are their own worst enemy when it comes to avoiding doing the things necessary to gain the success they want.
You already know that no one will come along and anoint you as the next “It” artist. That’s the getting found myth. It is just as damaging as the starving artist myth. Both operate on the flawed notion that artists should suffer to make art for art’s sake. While that sounds good on paper to some, you can’t eat it. And, it’s not going to help you get recognition now or when you’re gone.
Taking the proper steps is the crucial evolution of your success.
If your art is salable, the next step is to get it seen by the right people. And, the additional step is to make sure enough of the right people get exposed to your art regularly. It’s like building two pipelines at the same time. The first carries your compelling art output, as the second brings your properly selected prospective buyers. If you fill both on an ongoing and improving basis, you cannot fail.
Is this easy to do? No, that is why there are so many artists who are struggling. Not only is it not easy to do, but most also have no idea what to do or when to do it. Moreover, many others know what to do. They don’t want to do it. Maybe that’s you. If so, the best thing you can do is to have self-realization you are the problem.
Perhaps you can get help to fix why you are the problem. Or, you might accept that you are more comfortable with the status quo, such as it is, rather than making yourself uncomfortable in a push for bigger, better things.
No one is throwing stones around here. Life’s too short, and most do enough self-damage on their own
There is no shame in accepting the status quo. We aren’t all set to drive ourselves to the highest peak. It might be the very best thing you can do is to accept who you are and to be comfortable in your skin. There is a lot of value, and I think good mental health in realizing it and being okay with it.
I think people innately know when their drive is beyond what is typical for most. Likewise, I also believe that we are aware when we are okay just being okay and that we don’t have to be the be-all to end all. High success has its perks. It also has its drawbacks. There are many sacrifices those at the top make that those on the bottom don’t want to make. Family time, personal time is among the things that often go first when someone drives success at the highest level. And, those are just the start of what goes into high-level achievement.
There are always exceptions, but they are rare, and I think it is nearly impossible to predict that anyone can achieve balance in their lives when they commit to creating for success against all odds.
I admit to setting aside and enjoying my couch potato time. Life’s too short not to IMHO!
I’m right in there myself. There is so much more I could do, but I don’t want to do the work. I want to enjoy time reading a book, take a walk, or watch HBO or football. That means I’m not going to work 24/7 to write another book, create another online training program, or produce a series of webinars.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m no slouch. I know myself and am at peace with the goals I have set and the pace I am attacking them. I have some outsized plans I may never hit, but I know there will be many satisfying results even if I don’t just for trying.
What makes you happy?
Here’s what works for me when it comes to a career. Working makes me happy. Helping artists succeed also helps to make me happy. Learning about everything I need to know and creating an online learning experience for artists to propel their careers to new heights makes me happy.
Seeing artists respond to what I’m doing to help them and getting their unsolicited testimonials about how something I taught them changed their careers… well, that goes beyond making me happy. It is what powers everything else.
Get inside your head. Exciting things are happening in there.
I encourage you to think about what you are doing, why you are doing it, and to honestly ask and answer if you are on the path where you want to go. If you’re not, then take the time to retool. If you are, then think about single-tasking on your most important goals and finding ways to get positive reinforcement. Use those things to make plans to take massive action on your goals.
Do those things for yourself and your career. Your results will be nothing short of fantastic.
Thanks for reading all the way down here.
Your interest is appreciated. If you like my way of thinking, I suggest you do yourself a favor. And that would be to accept my invitation to become a member of the Art Marketing Toolkit Project (AMTP). My goal is to help artists live their best lives and learn to use the best marketing concepts to support them. It’s a journey, and it would be awesome to be on it with you.
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