Maintaining Focus During the Lean Times
Maintaining focus during the lean times is about keeping yourself inspired when it seems as though nobody is in your corner or our next achievements appear to be way off in the distance. How can we retain focus with the distractions of lean times? Let us explore.
Consistency is the Key
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” ~Dwayne Johnson
Keep your head down and work is sometimes the most difficult thing to do. When outside inspiration has dried up, we need to look within to find the energy and courage to press forward. Stick with your success strategy and be consistent. Start a new painting and put in the hours. Work through the difficulty. Avoiding the easel is not the answer. In fact, it is almost never the answer.
Catch a Movie
I also like to watch movies about artists. These movies can be fiction, non-fiction biographies or documentaries. For me, they remind me that I am not the only one that has had the life of an artist thrust upon. Many art history documentaries of the Old Masters are a wonderful way to get your artistic blood flowing again.
Dig deeper, It’s in There.
“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
Become more intense. Amplify yourself and your talent. Like turning the faucet on your kitchen sink, let your power increase and fill you up during those lean times. Give just 15 minutes extra at the easel each day. Learn a new photo manipulation software or get a book on taking better photos for your paintings. The pathways and opportunities for you to amplify your talent and message are inside you.
I hope this helps you to realize that the inspiration is within us all. Nobody is going to be in your corner more than you will, especially when you are under construction. So do what you need to do during the lean times.
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