Alyson Stanfield puts out a newsletter, blog, and podcast over at her site, Artbizblog.com. I listen to her podcasts regularly--they're short, to the point, and quite inspirational.
Her latest entries are called "Do It So Good That You Don't Doubt Yourself Anymore."
I listened to that podcast and it struck me to the core. Wow. Yeah, I have a lot of doubts that plague my thoughts quite regularly. I am inundated with resources on the internet telling me to think about this and that and ultimately splitting my focus. I find that simply "doing the work" is sometimes a real challenge, and I have to drum up motivation to enter my studio some days...
But that statement, "Do It So Good That You Don't Doubt Yourself Anymore," really hit me.
Time and again, I read and hear that it's "about the work." I listen to interviews where artists and creative types talk about losing themselves in their endeavors. I have felt it myself--when you are so involved in something that time seems to slip away and you don't have anything else on your mind. And soon you have this great, tangible thing that you've put effort into that you can be proud of.
I think that if I simply stop worrying about how much else there is to do, and simply concentrate on making my body of work, I will start to gain a sense of confidence that will in turn feed back into me producing more work. If I am doing my work to the best of my ability, and I'm sure it's what I want, then I will start to lose my doubts. But pulling in and away from all that outside stimuli and comparison is probably the first step.
At what point does a person step away from the computer? At what point does a person stop multi-tasking to focus on one thing? Why isn't that considered a good thing?
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