Tapping into your inner strength is a habit. Like building muscles, the more you use your inner wisdom, the stronger it gets. You have probably gotten through tough situations this far in your life that have nothing to do with a tough art market. There is no reason to think that you can't do so again.
Success requires lots of mistakes. Take a lesson from kids and take "do-overs." If you stay alert and open, you may get more out of the effort you put into your art business than you thought possible.
There may be times when you fail to get the result you wanted. This does not mean that you are a failure. The only failure is stopping.
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity." - Albert Einstein
Chris Welsh is a long time mentor who helped me recover my ability to learn after I had a couple of strokes at age 40. His provocative thinking and his catchy suggestions helped me tap into my inner strength. I asked Chris to share some of his ideas about creating an art business that works for you.
1. Relax and trust yourself.
Start with noticing what makes you uptight. Stop the mind chatter and take a few deep breaths. Get clear so you can take action.
2. Have a commitment to the results you want without attachment.
Explore many options to achieve what you want before deciding on a course of action. Once you decide on a course of action commit with every fiber in your being.
3.Decide, Act, Learn, Adjust
Decide what you want to do. Do it. Notice what works and what does not work. Do more of what works. Stop doing what does not work. Start doing new things and repeat the cycle.
These ideas may sound simple, but when you put them into action, the results can be profound. Stop worrying, expand your options and get into action.
This tip continues the A.C.T. LifeMatters! topic Tapping Into Your Inner Strength introduced in ArtMatters! Vol.#108. To listen to the full interview: Click here.
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