As creative artists, we are constantly judged on whether our work is captivating and compelling, whether our art is “good enough” to purchase–whether we are “good enough” to hire to create something beautiful and truly valuable for clients.
Today, we have the most complete catalog of art in history, literally at our fingertips, as the internet flourishes with breathtaking imagery 24/7. Therefore, it is hard not to compare our work to others or to feel envious of the talent and gifts of those who surround us.
Here’s the thing–we all, at one point or another, struggle with confidence. It is an obstacle we artists tend to face. However, as Margery Williams once said, “It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time.”
Success doesn’t happen all at once. It doesn’t! You become successful. It takes time to find success. It comes with perseverance, motivation, inspiration, an abundance of experience and education. We tend to forget this. When success is not felt right away, it seems we quickly lose confidence. Subsequently, when we lose our confidence, we lose our creativity that we depend on to be a success with the negative thoughts we have clouding our minds.
It takes time– to learn from mistakes, to master our tools and our craft, to run an authentic business and to adapt to the ever-evolving technology. Truthfully, it takes time becoming the artist we feel confident being.
It does not happen overnight or all at once, we become.
Here are ten tips from Dane Sanders we found to be helpful to increase our confidence level and to enhance our creativity as we become the artist we are meant to be.