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Like many people, I get into a “COMFORTABILITY RUT”

Like many people, I get into a “COMFORTABILITY RUT” with my artistic endeavors. So, what do I mean by that term?

I recently read a blog, that talked about creating a “Bucket List.” Quoting from it: “Imagine being able to say at the end of your life’s journey, “WOW, WHAT A RIDE!” What better way to have a fulfilling, adventurous life than by creating a bucket list, and taking the necessary steps to cross of each item on your list.”

After identifying two other priorities of a good “Bucket List” (Family and Health), this statement was made: “Start a profitable independent business doing what you live, finding work that gives you a sense of fulfillment; being among the best in the world in your field.”

That phrase “Best in the world in your field” caught my attention. After pondering over that statement, I asked myself if I had the ability and desire to become the best. What would it take to accomplish it?

We all push ourselves….or do we? Like a mountain climer, I know I want to reach that summit. So, I asked myself a few questions…
> What can I do today to strengthen or improve my abilities?
> Do I fear stepping out of my comfort zone, even if it can make me better? Am I in a COMFORTABILITY RUT? Why?
> What do I plan on learning today that will expand my abilities?
> Am I willing to challenge myself to go further than I think I can go? Am I willing to take the next step no matter how difficult?

The challenge I faced on this sculpture, was to become a better artist. To push myself further than ever before. As I discussed in a previous blog, this piece was a commission, and the collector wanted human forms in it. I knew I’d have to step out of my comfort zone, and push myself. It motivated me to push the limits of my artistic abilities. It also made me realize I still had a lot more to learn. I’d never inforporated the human form in my sculptures. I committed to do it, but questioned my ability to produce.

It certainly wasn’t easy. I failed miserably on the first couple of attempts, but I kept at it. I finally succeeded, and completed the sculpture to the collectors expectations.

Today, I see myy abilities a little different from days before this experience. I can grab hold of new opportunities that ai’ve previously missed. I’m now more willing to challenge myself.

Here are some thoughts to ponder:

“Life is to short too let it pass you by. We only have one shot at this and then it’s gone.” (Anonymous)

“It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts. It’s the work you put in the hours.” (Sam Ewing)

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.” (A. Lincoln)

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