Week 33 for Colour Me Positive was all about the many possibilities that awaits us. It’s wonderful to know that these possibilities are at our arm’s reach all the time. It’s just really up to us to grab hold of one or all of them and make something good out of it.
Often it is us who limit our own potential. A very good example of that is myself. I have been asked many times by a dear friend regarding my long term plans for my art. I often answer her the same phrase, practice and learn now and hopefully sell later. Then she asked me when will that ‘later’ be. Truthfully, I don’t know, I told her. Then she proceeded to tell me, why not start selling now as I am honing my skills. She told me I already have the skills and it only needs tweaking here and there. The most important part was, she asked me why can’t I believe that I have what it takes to do and sell my art at the same time. That conversation repeated in my head a million times and still I can’t make the leap. Why? Because I am afraid. Afraid of rejection, of criticisms, of unsolicited comments, of the heat of competition and eventually of quitting.
After several weeks of pondering over my friend’s suggestion, I asked myself, if I make the leap, what do I have to loose? Face? Confidence? Self worth? No, I answered. Why would I loose face, confidence, and self worth from rejection, criticisms, hurtful comments, heat of competition IF my art is an extension of what I feel, what my heart is saying, of the person I am. No outside criticism can destroy me if I won’t allow it. No form of competition can make me quit if I do not play their game and only play mine. Rejection from others is inevitable because we have the power to choose. So, what’s keeping me from making the big leap? None.
Last week, I started taking in commission work from relatives and friends. Scouted and sent out emails for quotations about art prints and printing on other surfaces other than paper. These might be small for the seasoned business women but already a big leap for me. What’s important was I already made the first few steps. 🙂
Happy Friday and cheers to the coming weekend dear friends! ❤ 🙂