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This Artist Life. The Power of Mindset: Self-motivation and Personal Growth

Updated: Jan 22

At this time of year, I always try to do a mental reset. There is so much to celebrate, although there are also challenges. What I have come to realise is that your mindset plays a vital role in your ability to self-motivate and achieve personal growth. In this blog post, I will explore the transformative impact of changing your mindset and provide practical tips to help cultivate self-motivation.

1. The Power of Positive Thinking: Adopting a positive mindset enables you to see challenges as opportunities, boosts resilience, and fuels self-motivation. By focusing on possibilities and solutions, you can overcome obstacles and keep moving forward.

2. Setting Meaningful Goals: Define clear and meaningful goals that align with your values and aspirations. This clarity helps you stay motivated and gives you a sense of purpose and direction in your journey.

3. Embracing Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with kindness and compassion. Accept that mistakes and setbacks are part of the learning process. Instead of dwelling on failures, use them as valuable lessons that propel you towards growth and improvement.

4. Cultivating a Growth Mindset: Embrace the belief that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and dedication. Adopting a growth mindset allows you to view challenges as opportunities for growth rather than fixed limitations.

5. Surrounding Yourself with Positivity: Surround yourself with a supportive and positive environment. Seek out individuals who inspire and uplift you, and engage in activities that fuel your passion and enthusiasm.

By changing your mindset to one of positivity, self-compassion, and growth, you can unlock the power of self-motivation. Embrace challenges, set meaningful goals, and cultivate a supportive environment. Remember, your mindset is a powerful tool in your journey towards personal growth and success. Start today, and watch how your self-motivation propels you towards new heights.

To sum up: while it may seem self-evident, it's worth reminding yourself of what can be achieved when you cultivate a positive mindset.

My own story.

Three years ago, I decided that art needed to be more central in my life. Over the past 30 years, I've tried to focus on art a few times, but been drawn back to the darker side of life's practicalities (familly, work, needing to make a living) before I could really give it a go. This time round, I was more focused, clearer in my aims and I also sought help. I reasoned that if I was going to recallibrate my life as an artist/business person, then I needed to retrain. I signed up for a year long course with The Professional Artist Institute and haven't looked back. The art side I have always been able to do - the business side, I knew I needed help with.

Throughout this process, keeping a growth mindset and staying focused on my goals has helped me to move forward. There's a long way to go, but with the help of my new skills and a positive attitude, I'm getting there.



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