Last week I listened to a few podcast that got me thinking about what confidence looks like as an artist. Many may think it just comes naturally, but I believe confidence comes with doing things over and over again. It is what we do "over and over again" that demonstrates our courage. You have to be brave and take risks. Don’t allow fear to take control of your actions but instead let courage guide you in pursuing your goals and dreams.
The more I thought I about this, the more I realized this doesn’t just apply to art or running a small business. This idea pertains to anything we want. Maybe you have always wanted to write a book, take a class, learn a language or try a new sport. A friend recently told me she wanted to leave her job and start her own business. That can be super scary and fill anyone with uncertainty. Certainly, it did for me, 7 years ago, when I decided to follow my dream of becoming a professional artist. Today, I stand before you in fear again, looking for the bravery to take a risk. For some time now, I have wanted to lead on-line workshops, but keep finding excuses to get in the way of making it happen.
It's beautiful where I stand today, even though it feels like a crossroads, I know I can do it since I've done it before. Will confidence or courage get me there? The same way a boat needs a captain to steer it, I need to make decisions that will take me in the direction I want to go. I can conquer my fears and achieve my dreams by acting with courage, and so can you.
What is one thing that might be getting in the way of your dreams? I encourage you to think about what is driving your boat. Don't wait for the confidence, just focus on the will to get it done each day. Now back to planning that on-line class!