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What Is The Artist's Mindset?

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Your mindset is the little voice inside your head that becomes your radar, your north star, even when people around you are questioning you.


Start working on your mindset early, as it will keep you going throughout your career. It takes a bit of practice and some time to develop, but having the right mindset, along with a firm belief that you can do this, will get you far. 


Having a positive attitude will nurture that seed inside of you and help you achieve success.


I used to think mindset work was a bit ‘alternative’, but when I look back, I can see how important it was to my development as an artist.


Developing a strong mindset around your success as an artist doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, and there will always be moments of doubt at any stage of your career, but the foundations need to be in place so that you can stay true to your vision and your purpose.

Start by answering these questions:

• Do you believe you have what it takes to become a successful artist?
• Do you believe you deserve success?
• Do you have someone close to you who 100% believes in you?
• Do you have a network of supportive people around you?
• Do you believe that failures are just a part of the process?
• Are you ready to go ‘all in’?
• Are you willing to learn and keep improving your art?
• Are you in this for the long game?


How many ‘yes’s and how many ‘no’s’? Ideally, we want you to have all yes’s! But note any ‘no’s’, as these are the mindset areas you need to work on.


Having a strong mindset comes from being clear about what you are doing and where you want to go. If you are not sure, then I recommend revisiting your vision. This vision then becomes a set of goals, which we can break down into action steps to make it happen.


Getting focused on your art also helps, and choosing one thing and doing it as well as you can. When you are trying to do a lot of different things, your work (and mind) can feel scattered and unfocused, and this can quickly lead to overwhelm and doubt.


What is that ONE thing you want to excel at? What do you want to be remembered for?


When you have a community of people around you who believe in you, cheer you on and want to see you succeed, everything changes. You may be lucky to have found this in a partner or have a supportive family behind you. If not, then reach out to other artists and like-minded friends who can support your journey. The hard times are more palatable when you have these people in your life.


Money mindset is also something to be aware of as an artist, and many artists sabotage themselves by underselling, having fear around money, not charging what they are worth and letting their own money blocks impede a sale. If any of this resonates with you, then I recommend doing some work around money blocks. You deserve to be compensated properly and well for what you do.


There will also be a fair share of rejection on your journey, and I don’t mean to sound negative, just realistic, because all talented artists go through this. If you get rejected once and give up, then you may not get as much rejection, but I want you to keep going and succeed! It is hard not to take it personally in the beginning. I know it hurts, but it is not a rejection of you as a person. You can make more art, learn and get better.


A fixed mindset avoids challenges, gives up easily, avoids constructive criticism, and feels threatened by the success of others.


A growth mindset embraces challenges, persists in the face of setbacks, learns from criticism, and celebrates the success of others.


As a result, a growth mindset reaches ever-higher levels of achievement.



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