I’ve made a few videos about the importance of continuously working, and while I stand by what I said in those videos, I want to take a step back and remind myself, and you, not to be too hard on ourselves.
I’ve been going through a time where it’s been harder to get myself to the easel than usual. It’s easy to tell myself how lazy I’m being, but that doesn’t make me want to be productive.
Parenting experts say if a kid’s room is messy, but he cleans up a little bit, if his parents praise him for cleaning up that little bit, it makes him want to clean up more, as opposed to if they were to yell at the kid for the other three quarters of the room that he didn’t clean up.
I think we should treat ourselves as artists that way. Yes, we may feel like we should be painting four hours, six hours, even eight hours a day. But if we can only get ourselves to paint for a half an hour in a day, we’ll do ourselves a much bigger favor by saying to ourselves, “I painted for a half an hour today. That’s awesome”. Instead of “ugh, I only painted for a half an hour today. I’m so lazy”. Saying the former to ourselves will make us want to paint more. Saying the latter, will make us want to keep being lazy.
I think giving ourselves praise for the small thing we’re doing right will take us much farther than criticizing ourselves for the big thing we’re doing wrong.
What are your thoughts on this? Share in the comments, please.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife