Another vital indicator of how likely an artist is to succeed is the ability to focus.

What are you focusing on?

What are you focusing on?

Are you  clear on your goals and do you finish what you start?

Even if you are only new to the creative journey, you will progress a lot faster if you set some markers of what you want to do.

For example if you are attending an art class, don’t just rely on the teacher to tell you what to do.  Have a clear idea of what you want to get out of your classes. The teacher’s job is to offer you choices appropriate to your skill level, however it is your passions that you need to follow, not theirs.

Now there are a few things that can stop us even if we have those goals. The first of these is:

Procrastination.  Are you a procrastinator?  Do you feel busy but do not feel like you are making any progress?  If this is the case then you are not really busy, you are just distracted and unproductive.

Do you engage in ‘busy work’ that doesn’t really take you any closer to what you are trying to achieve? Answering email is a great way to procrastinate and side track ourselves.  Is it really more important than making that ‘important’ phone call to the gallery or  the newspaper for an interview?

Do you get things done?

This Week’s Question: What areas of your life do you procrastinate in?  How could you win back some time for your self by getting this under control?

 Next Week Look For: The importance of playing in achieving success…

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