Appreciation and Gratitude – Success Strategies for the creative.
Gratitude is a quality that helps an artist appreciate his own genius. I prefer the term appreciation to gratitude really – it has a subtly different vibration and meaning to it. We can be grateful for our gifts or we can appreciate them. When we appreciate them we have more than gratitude, we are also loving ourselves. Woah – now there’s a concept many artists struggle with because they feel their work is never good enough.
“A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by being the first person to be convinced of it.” Ambrose Bierce.
What does this have to do with appreciation and art. Well to become a successful artist and I don’t mean just a money making artist, after all Van Gough didn’t sell any work in his life time, we need above all to believe in ourselves. If we don’t appreciate the gift we are trying to bring to the world, how can we expect anyone else to.
If you are only new to your creative endeavours, you may be thinking that you are only learning and so what is there to appreciate. Isn’t it funny how we denigrate our own baby steps, and yet we smile with delight as we watch toddlers begin to crawl, or praise the drawings and paintings of our young ones. You need to think of yourself as that toddler because in the art world that’s what you are. You are taking baby steps. Appreciate them!
Not only that, appreciate the art of others that you like. Look for what makes your heart sing and allow it to do just that. As your appreciation grows for others and yourself, you will open more to your own creative flow. You will begin to appreciate the merits of your own work….. and your work will blossom.
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Posted by : Kadira Jennings
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