Week 3: Doubts & Negative Beliefs – An Artist’s Demons

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Week 3 is going to be a light week. This will be the only assignment you will have this week. Feel free to use the rest of your time as a means of catching up on any backlogged homework you may have. We are about to get into the intensive, practical applications portion of the bootcamp where we will be setting up social media, websites, business cards, etc.

This week will be the airing of dirty laundry. A little negativity spring cleaning before we venture on into the hardcore, results-oriented assignments.

 

Doubts & Negative Beliefs.

Now is the time to get out all the doubts you may have about your abilities in this bootcamp, your art and your career.

Doubts are the things that keep you held down in the mud of your own inactivity. They are the poison you sip that keeps you just sick enough on your own potential failure that you stay in bed dreading your creative demise. These are your demons. The first time I was made to confront my artistic demons was while reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which I highly recommend for anyone struggling with their art or wishing to rehabilitate themselves as an artist. It is a 12 week program that has done wonders toward helping stuck artists to move into a flourishing and productive life as an acknowledged creative.

Doubts or negative beliefs are the things that you tell yourself that keep you from reaching your fullest potential. These can be anything from the belief that you are not ‘together’ enough or not disciplined enough to make it as an artist, the belief that you must drink or do drugs to be inspired, or even that you must suffer or starve for your art. None of these things are true. They are only true if you make them true. They have as much power over you as you give them. These beliefs are not facts but are, whether consciously or subconsciously, your decisions. So, while you can’t change a fact, you can change a decision. And if it is not doing you any good, you should! Now is the time to turn the tables on these harmful decisions.

Your doubts and negative beliefs keep you from moving forward and actually accomplishing your goals. You will need something to combat that. Just as Superman had his kryptonite, your negative beliefs have their own reversals. Their own opposites that, when repeated to yourself over and over will do their magic to start shifting your mindset toward a more creative, constructive one that lifts the barriers out of the road to your success. You go from “I can’t, I’m not,” to “I can, I am,” a critical shift for all artists to achieve. Life is all about mindset. Change what you believe and you will change your life.

 

Homework

List out a column of at least 10 personal doubts or negative beliefs you have about yourself and your art.  Beside that, list a second column of 10 reversals of each doubt or belief.

Examples:

Negative Belief                                                        Reversal

I am not disciplined enough            I am disciplined enough to achieve my goals

I will be a starving artist                  I can make money with my art because it is worthy

I can’t write novels                             I can write anything I decide to write

I never finish anything                     I am focused on completing my art one work at a time

Post this on the Artists Underground event wall and compare notes with your partner and others in the bootcamp.

 

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C.R. Cohen’s love affair with words and the arts has lead her on a lifelong journey as a poet and writer and an art activist, founding Artists Underground, to bring networking, resources and advice to artists, and joining forces with Soapbox Nation to provide creative career consultations and artist services to help artists get further faster.
About C.R. Cohen
C.R. Cohen’s love affair with words and the arts has lead her on a lifelong journey as a poet and writer and an art activist, founding Artists Underground, to bring networking, resources and advice to artists, and joining forces with Soapbox Nation to provide creative career consultations and artist services to help artists get further faster.

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