Finding your inner artist, day 26: About not constantly trying too hard

Today’s quote:

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. ~ Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Self-help manuals, teaching manuals, all sorts of manuals…

It seems we are all constantly trying to better ourselves, or better our art. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with that.

Sometimes, it’s a good idea however to stop following prescriptions and just do, because there are a lot of things you cannot learn from books and manuals. And with this, I will leave you…

© Petra Raspel 2013

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Finding your inner artist, day 9: About being good enough and stopping negative self-talk

Today’s quote:

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~ Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many artists I know are not very confident. Some quite openly admit to it, others put up a front to hide their self-doubt.
Deep inside, we all want to be liked, and we are all scared to fail. Fear of failure can sometimes lead to not even trying.

When was the last time you didn’t even try, because you believed what you have to offer cannot possibly be good enough? Why did you believe this was the case, and who told you so? Yourself, or someone else?

© Petra Raspel 2013

Finding your inner artist, day 2: About the WHY

Today’s quote:

You ask me why I spend my life writing? Do I find entertainment?  Is it worthwhile? Above all, does it pay? If not, then, is there a reason? I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still. ~ Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Write down the reasons why you are doing your art. Be honest, there are no RIGHTs or WRONGs.

And then have a close look at that list and ask yourself if you are looking at a job or a calling, or a mix of both.

Does the balance feel right? Has it changed over the years?
If it did: Are you happy with that shift? If not:

What are you going to do to actually change it?

© Petra Raspel 2013