I wanted to share with you a section of my new book that will be released in September 2016. A positive mindset is an important key to success. If you want to succeed, you need to believe in yourself and in what you do.
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Positive Mindset – The Successful Artist
Have you ever read the book The Secret? The Secret is a powerful book that explains the effect of a positive mindset. The book has many successful people explain how their positive mindset help them achieve everything that that wanted to achieve in life. If you have not read that book, I highly recommend it. Not only is it educational but it is also inspirational.
There are only two ways that you can look at any situation that occurs in your life. A situation could be a positive experience or a negative experience. You are the only one that can decide how to perceive it.
When I started my commissioned graphite drawing business, I could have looked at the experience as a negative. I spent years learning how to initiate and market an online business in the early 2000’s. Most things that I have learned in the past is obsolete now. I had to start over. I had to forget everything that I had learned and relearn today’s marketing strategies.
I could have made the situation a negative experience, but I chose to think positive. Instead of getting frustrated with all of the time that I spent in the past learning something that would not work in today’s world, I looked at it as a positive situation. If I could learn in the past everything that was needed to succeed back then, I could do it again today.
It only took me a year to build my graphite business versus the two years plus for the custom hand painted sign company I established in the early 2000’s. Why was I able to achieve success in half the time? I had a positive mindset. I knew that I could do it. I have done it in the past, and I knew that I could do it again.
Every morning when I wake up, I am excited because I am one more day closer to my final goals. Everything that I will do during the day for my business builds a path towards my finish line. This becomes a waterfall effect. If you put a pebble in a glass jar every day, eventually the jar will be full.
I make an effort to accomplishing five things that will grow my business every day. This includes learning. I learn from other successful people, books, podcasts, blogs, and audio books. I study everything. I decide what might be best for the growth of my business and I immediately act on it.
The outcome will always be a positive outcome. This does not mean that everything that I try will be beneficial. Not every new marketing strategy that I put into action will land me a new sale. What it will provide is valuable information. I will learn what is working and what is not working. I will be able to assess what tasks will be generating the most income for me. I can then focus and put my energy on what will generate more revenue and not waste my time on the things that are not generating any or little revenue.
You can look at every outcome as a positive or a negative.
Let’s say that you worked hard for three days to come up with a new marketing strategy. You kept revising it until you felt that it was flawless. You launched the new marketing strategy and received no new customers or sales.
You could become frustrated with all the time that you spent on that new project, or you could think of it as a positive experience.
If you think of it as a negative experience, it will start to affect every move that you make from that point on. You will question every new idea that you came up with. You would not be excited about any new decisions that you had to make from that point on. You would not want to put in the effort needed to launch a new plan. Your business and relations with other people would suffer. The more time goes by, the harder it becomes to make the decisions needed to grow your business. You will lose interest in learning new marketing strategies because you will think to yourself that anything that you try will never work so why waste your time. The day would soon come when you decide if you should give up.
Instead of thinking of an idea that did not produce the results that you were looking for as a negative think of it as a positive. Reflect on how you can make it better and more efficient. Your ideas will only become stronger the more that you try. You will have a better idea if a plan would benefit your art business or if it would be more productive for you to spend your energy on something else. In time you will be making more decisions that work for you rather than not producing the outcome you wished for.
I hope that you enjoyed this and I want to see you live your dreams!
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