For the last two weeks, I’ve talked about fourteen ways that artists often undermine their success.
Now let’s focus on the ways that artists can support their success. Take the quiz below and see how well you score.
1. Do you have a specific dollar amount of art that you aim to sell this year? What is your specific goal?
Your success as an artist is not about the number of pieces you sell so much as it is about how much money you are making with your art each year.
Even if you think you’re selling a small amount of art, are you adding up how much money you’re making and spending?
Do it! What we measure improves.
2. Do you have a written plan to meet your annual art sales goal?
A plan to sell art without a plan is a plan to sell no art.
Your plan does not need to be perfect!
Just draft a plan with as much focus as you have and build upon it over time. Keep your plan current.
Your plan will naturally go through many iterations.
An artist’s success is about progress, not perfection.
3. Do you have an optimistic attitude about your success as an artist?
Be honest. Are you pessimistic, sarcastic, overly critical?
I’ve been working with artists from across the globe for over twelve years. I’ve found that their success is not a result of their talent so much as it is a result of their attitude.
Your attitude is the best indicator of your future success and happiness as an artist.
If your attitude is less than optimistic, you can change this. How do I know? I’ve done it, and I have watched my students do it over the years.
You can build your emotional intelligence over time. I recommend reading my friend Dr. Goerge Pratt’s Book Code to Joy.
4. Do you meditate?
Most successful entrepreneurs I know maintain a meditation practice.
- Jonathan Fields
- Leo Babauta
- Dr. Pratt
5. Do you have a support system?
Being a successful artist is not a solo ride. It’s too hard, lonely, and no damn fun!
You have got to have friends who “get you” as an artist and who want you to succeed, particularly when some of your friends and family don’t.
6. Do you learn from your mistakes or do you beat yourself up?
I have to admit I’ve made a ton of missteps: I failed to act, I over reacted, I didn’t get help when I should have, or I got the wrong help.
- I’ve failed to act.
- I’ve over reacted.
- I didn’t get help when I should have.
- I got the wrong help.
I’ve learned from most of these mistakes, but I fully expect to make more.
As long as I am awake at the wheel, I can reframe my mistakes as indicators for a course correction.
7. Do you have a mentor?
I have had a series of close and distant mentors over the years, from renowned artists such as;
- Wayne Thiebaud
- Gregory Kondos
- Viktor Schreckengost,
- other entrepreneurs, and people I have studying with, like Tony Robbins.
None of them have all of the answers, but each has given me insights and knowledge that I would have never uncovered on my own.
Notice that some of the questions above are just a reframing of the quizzes I gave during the last two weeks. What’s that telling you?
How did you score?
Did you answer “yes” to all of the above? Congratulations!
If not, be honest. The truth will set you free and you’ll know what to focus on to build your self-confidence as an artist.
Bonus points. Share your answers below and ask two friends to join you in completing this quiz.