Sometimes as an artist, it is easy to focus on your frustration when you compare where you currently are to where you would like to be regarding your art career goals.
If you are like my husband, professional artist John Horejs, you are hard on yourself when you fall short of your production goals, or you don’t get accepted into a gallery you have approached, or when an artwork doesn’t turn out the way you hoped it would, or when a sale falls through.The list of challenges to an artist sometimes seems endless.
As you mentally go through the list of what’s wrong in your life, you fall into a downward spiral that negatively affects your art and your business activities.
Instead of focusing on what didn’t go right, why not try another way to look at the situation.
I found this idea in my daily Early to Rise email this morning:
“A big part of staying positive is perspective, says professor Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania, who developed the technique he refers to as 3 blessings.
This technique has been proven again and again to help people improve their outlook. Seligman explains the 3 blessings technique in his book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being:
Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well. You may use a journal or your computer to write about the events, but it is important that you have a physical record of what you wrote. The three things need not be earthshaking in importance (“ My husband picked up my favorite ice cream for dessert on the way home from work today”), but they can be important (“ My sister just gave birth to a healthy baby boy”).
Next to each positive event, answer the question “Why did this happen?”
Start now by sharing 3 things in the comments below that went well today for you and why they went well. Then, continue the practice over the next week and share with us again in seven days.
I think you’ll be amazed at the progress you will see and the added joy you will experience.