How does it feel to have accomplished a challenging task?
What does it feel like to reach a major milestone or achieve an important goal?
For artists like you and me, having accomplished something makes us feel victorious. Why victorious, and not just “proud” or simply “happy”?
The art industry is getting increasingly overcrowded and it has become a relentless struggle for artists to attract a significant amount of attention to their artworks. Many artists have given up on their creative talents due to their lack of commercial success or critical acclaim or both, other than poor support or lack of feedback.
Just like everyone else, we artists strive to achieve a sense of accomplishment. We celebrate success too, especially if it is one that is hard to come by.
So when our artworks finally get noticed by galleries or get accepted into a museum’s permanent collection… when we have the chance to exhibit our works at a prestigious festival… or when we do not expect to sell a couple of paintings on the streets on a particular day, we celebrate more than just success: we celebrate victory, and more than just creativity, a sense of accomplishment.
Our accomplishments make us feel worthy of our creative gifts which we have taken time to nurture. Our accomplishments are further proof that our creativity has come a long way… that success is not far behind. But let us not be easily satisfied with our recent accomplishments. There is more work to do… as there is no end to the work of an artist, so let us not rest on our laurels yet.
I and many others artists admit it is a challenge to follow up an accomplishment, let alone stay motivated, in the increasingly competitive art industry. Let it be known that we are not only working a career but also building a legacy. Not many people, even connoisseurs of art, know that it takes time, even years, for our creative efforts to pay off.
As artists, it is in our nature to teach ourselves to be patient and resilient in the industry. We use our talents for a definite major purpose. We create with a positive mental attitude.
Like everyone else, we work to feel a sense of accomplishment, to enjoy a sense of purpose. We long to attain the hope of achievement. We work with joyful anticipation.
We artists are fortunate enough to strive in an environment that exhorts us to work towards a definite goal and to anticipate success in every undertaking. To accomplish one thing is good but to stay motivated after a major accomplishment is better.
Instead of wearing our recent achievements as a crown, why not use it to fuel further success?
We should not only talk about our accomplishments but also think how we could exceed expectations that follow a particular accomplishment. This is what they are for: to remind us that there is more we can do and above all, to make us believe that we could do more and even better.
Our accomplishments should show there is more room for personal growth and creativity… more room to infuse joy and faith into what we do… and more reasons to make art and to anticipate success. It raises our self-worth.
There is no doubt that our accomplishments can anticipate success (that is, if we have a success-oriented mindset, which is the very first thing we need to realize success). It just shows what we are capable of doing. But more important than the accomplishments themselves is the opportunity to show we can exceed people’s expectations… and our own performance.
Our recent accomplishments, therefore, should provide us more opportunities to make art… with joyful anticipation for success.