It's All About Mindset: The Power of Words
I’m so tired of hearing people say:
“I’m no good at art.”
“I’ve got nothing interesting to say.”
“I could never do what you do.”
But I hear it ALL of the time.
Every time it happens I inwardly roll my eyes. Now before you skewer me, let me explain:
I understand that everyone, especially artists, have these doubts. I’ve been there, and sometimes I still run into it. I have experienced loads of times when I didn’t paint for days on end because I was confident that whatever would come from it would be garbage.
These fears are real, but I can’t stand to hear people talk about them because that gives the fear so much power. This happens two ways:
Most of the time when we’re talking we are not painting. So, when you stop painting so you can say that you can’t paint - well, it’s true. Because you aren’t painting.
How does anyone expect to get good at painting by not painting?
You know how when you go to the gym, and you’re about to either run a mile or lift really heavy weight, you have to tell yourself “I can do this.” Somehow that makes everything better. Well, by literally telling yourself that you can’t do something, you are creating a negative energy blanket and snuggling up deep inside of it.
That is NOT a safety blanket - get the hell out of there!
Ultimately, by saying these terrible things about ourselves we are giving some truth to these words.
They are self-fulfilling prophecies.
So, if words have such a powerful effect over us, think about how much we could accomplish if we were to replace those negative phrases with our wishes and dreams?
“I’m great at art, so I’m glad I’m doing this.”
“I’ve got lots of things to say and the world wants to hear them.”
“I can create my very own art with my very own style.”