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Embrace the Power of Being Gracious with Yourself as an Artist

How can artists learn to be kinder to themselves and embrace the power of starting anew?

Hey there, I want to talk about something that has been on my mind lately—the power of being gracious with ourselves. As creative individuals, we often set high expectations for our work and can be our own toughest critics. But what if we learned to show ourselves a little more kindness and understanding? Let's dive into why being gracious with ourselves is crucial for our artistic journey.

The Struggle to Be Perfect

I have a confession to make. For the longest time, I used to beat myself up whenever I couldn't complete a task or meet a goal. If I missed a day of sharing my artwork on social media or failed to seize an opportunity, I would feel frustrated and disappointed in myself. Can any of you relate?

The pressure to be perfect can be overwhelming. We want every stroke of the brush to be flawless, every word we write to be profound, and every melody we compose to be captivating. But let me tell you, my friends, striving for perfection all the time is an impossible feat. It only sets us up for disappointment and self-doubt.

Learning to Be Gracious

It took me a while to realize that being hard on myself was hindering my artistic growth. Life goes on, regardless of our mishaps and missed deadlines. So, I decided to make a change—I learned to be gracious with myself.

I discovered a simple phrase that I now whisper to my inner self whenever things don't go as planned: "Tomorrow is a brand new day." These words have become my mantra, reminding me that each day brings a fresh opportunity to create and improve.

Embracing the Brand New Day

When we give ourselves the permission to start anew, something magical happens. We release the burden of regret and open ourselves up to the potential of tomorrow. Sure, some opportunities may slip away, but many others await us just around the corner.

Recently, I started writing down these daily thoughts, and it has had a profound impact on my mindset. Even when yesterday was a whirlwind and I forgot to jot down my daily reflection, I didn't dwell on the missed opportunity. Instead, I gently told myself, "Tomorrow is a brand new day." And here I am, writing this post today, ready to embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.

Extending Grace to Your Artistic Journey

Now, my fellow artists, it's time to reflect on your own artistic journey. In what area do you need to be gracious with yourself? Is it when experimenting with a new medium? Allowing yourself to take breaks and recharge? Or perhaps giving yourself permission to explore new creative avenues without fear of judgment?

Remember, being gracious doesn't mean settling for mediocrity or becoming complacent. It's about acknowledging that we're human and that mistakes and setbacks are part of the process. By extending grace to ourselves, we create an environment of self-compassion and growth.

Embrace Your Artistic Light

As we conclude our discussion on being gracious with ourselves, I want to leave you with a powerful reminder—tomorrow is a brand new day. It's a fresh canvas waiting to be filled with our artistic expressions. Let go of the frustrations, the missed opportunities, and the self-doubt. Embrace the power of being kind to yourself.

So, my dear fellow creatives, let's embark on this journey of self-grace together. Celebrate your victories, learn from your mistakes, and most importantly, keep shining your artistic light. Remember, tomorrow is always there, patiently waiting for you to embrace it with open arms.

As you navigate your artistic path, let the words "Tomorrow is a brand new day" be your guiding light. You've got this, and I'm cheering you on every step of the way.

Thanks for reading,

 

Sergio Gomez, MFA
Artist | Curator | Author | Art Biz Coach 

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