I need some mercy on my soul
Gimme what you got.
Why submit to fear?
- Other people are counting on your fear. Your anxiety feeds them somehow. Maybe they can sense it on you.
- That’s why clients are reluctant to pay. And why they ‘micro-manage’.
- That’s why other Artists are salivating at their shot at what should have been yours.
- Denying fear isn’t my suggestion. Face it. That maybe the best start. You’ll have to design the next steps.
- Jettison old bad habits. Heck, give yourself every break you deserve.
- Have your work space ready for work. Pre-stage your materials.
- Be ready to burst forth from the gate. Otherwise you’ve hobbled yourself to the ground and it’s 1:00 PM (1300 hours) and you’re staring at a blank some more.
- Make a list. Do the list. Move forward.
- Tell them you want more time, more money, more share. Then earn it.
- Nothing is cheap, excellent, and on-time. Choose two. It’s a good guideline for yourself, for your studio, for us all, and for your clients
Carve out your productive time.
- Know the cost you pay for every hour in your day. Same as with your rents, your materials, insurance, or any other cost. TIME IS MONEY.
- Don’t put things off. I know creative people “procrastinate” but when you do, keep it on your project. If you’ve convinced yourself procrastinating puts you in a ‘highly pressurized zone where you do your best work” and that’s working for you. Okay with that. But, if that ‘highly pressurized zone’ is not where you’re getting you the results you want then, d’oh!
- Manage your time. Work. Rest. Repeat.
- Production is not equal to Perfect. Better done on-time than perfect.
- Clear out your calendar.
- Set your phone aside for a while.
Put yourself into your work. After all it’s why the client, gallery, consumer, or peers chose us.
- You and I may be unique but there are imitators and copy-cats
- Only you can do what you do—and that involves being the first one in the door. After that you have to hope © and ™ will protect you.
Keep your promises.
- Just no compromise here, okay! You don’t have enough treasure to buy a good reputation.
- Climbing back up from that hole that is ‘broken promises’ or ‘he doesn’t care’ or what a lousy reputation is what was made by not keeping your promises.
If you fail, face it. Who said your should pretend to be super-human? Failure is when you quit. Don’t quit. You’ll never be super-human, okay?
- Make the adjustments. Get back up. Go again.
- Improve your work habits. Only you can over-come You.
- Work so you can feel good about your project.
- Create that energy, that excitement where you can’t wait to see what amazing Art you’re going to make today.
Take care of your body and your mind. Not an exhaustive list, but hey, work with it for your own life.
- Rest & Work
- Relationship time
- Reflection time
- Get back up if you fail. Put yourself into all your work.
- Re-design yourself when needed. Improve your serve: Be your time manager. Don’t throw flexibility out the window. Limit distractions—close your studio for certain hours.
- Be good to your word. Do what only you can do–produce your Art in a timely manner.
- Stand up for yourself. Ask for more of everything you can.
- You are the adult in charge of you. Own that.
- Be a self-starter. Then do your Art until it is finished. And finished on time.