I like to do research into things. Sometimes the research is for a project. Sometimes the research is prep for something I plan on doing. Research and planning are ways I deal with the fear of doing something.
In my research I have read several “self-help” books. “Feel the Fear and do it Anyway” by Susan Jeffers, is one of them. I have also just finished “Guerrilla Marketing for Artists” by Barney Davey. I have read quite a few more, but these two are stuck with me right now.
Both these books, and most of the other self help books, have at least one piece of advice in common. You have to do things you do not like. You have to go out and meet people. You have to go new places. You have to do things outside of your comfort zone. However you want to put it, it is the same. Do stuff you do not want to do.
I started my “do stuff I do not want to do” last year. I went some place new by myself every month. This may not seem like much to some, but I am a serious “home body.” I do not like to leave my comfortable and familiar home.
This small change in my routine, created tons of new art ideas for me. I filled three sketchbooks and created many illustrations that I would never have thought to create before. I used mediums that I had not use. I used old mediums in new (to me) ways. It is exciting, how just going to a new park alone changed my mind.
I was afraid of doing it, but I did it anyway. Thank you Susan Jeffers, for that lovely phrase.
This year I am going to try to do a few more things that I do not want to do. Most of them involve talking to people. Talking to people about my art. Something I have down played most of my life.
HOWEVER if I want my art to become self sufficient I need to get people to buy it. The only way to do that is talk to people, about my art. So says Barney Davey.
Ms. Jeffers and Mr. Davey are both right. If you want to reach your goals, see your plans succeed and do that thing you want to do, you have to put yourself out there. Feel your fear, figure it out, get over it, and succeed! No matter how much you do not want to do that thing that stops you.
May 2016 be the year you take those steps to make your dreams reality!