The most important thing you could do in life is to work on your mindset. Period. Beyond practicing your craft. Beyond creating your art. Beyond networking. You could do all of these things and still never accomplish your artistic goals.
Most everyone by now has hear of The Secret, that new-aged, philosophical, rainbows and butterflies, positive thinking, self-help book lauded by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and shooting to best-seller status for an amazing 190 weeks.
And as much as one wants to discount it as fluff, it’s not. The ideas in that book are worth knowing. There is also a DVD for all you instant gratification junkies, so no reason not to check it out.
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
To sum it up, The Secret is all about the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction. The whole idea is that what you put your attention on, you will attract. So if you have positive thoughts that things will go your way, they will. Conversely, if you just know that bad things are bound to happen to you. Guess what? That is true as well.
Cultivate a mindset of positivity and good things will come to you in kind. Many people think that this works in the reverse. Good things come to you so you are a positive and happy guy or gal. Not so. You are happy and positive and so you attract good and wonderful things. I can speak from experience that the best things that have ever happened in my life are when I have been in a mindset of positivity. I have found increasing joy, excitement and possibilities as I have been in agreement with myself that they would come.
Positivity and negativity are amazing in that they work the same exact way, but on opposing scales. Negativity could be viewed as a dwindling spiral. You assume the worst out of life and you are not disappointed. Life just seems to kick you. So you decide it is best to just accept it. You lower your expectations of yourself and of life. You stop allowing yourself to believe that good things could happen. To believe that would be naïve and you can’t stand to be wrong. Your gloomy mindset casts a shadow on every glimmering possibility of success. You doom yourself to lose, fail, succumb.
Stop! If negativity is the dwindling spiral, positivity is the ascending staircase. The more you succeed, the more you succeed. The minute you decide that good things can happen to you, you begin to see that good things do. It is amazing! So, now, a good thing has happened to you because of your positive mindset. Incredible! Your belief is increased. Every time this happens, reward yourself by saying, “I did that with my mind.” I know it sounds silly but, believe me, this will increase your belief in your own power. From the littlest thing like getting a spot in a crowded parking lot, to meeting the love of your life. You bring these things to you. Take credit!
So how does this have to do with your art? Well, your art career, like anything else, is created on the concept of positive thinking. As an artist, you have to sell your work, collaborate with others, and seek out opportunities. You can attract opportunities, work better with others and sell more if you have a positive and upbeat attitude. People want to be around happy, friendly people. They want to work with them. Support them. Buy things from them.
Do yourself a favor and start believing that the best things are bound to happen to you. And any time you doubt that, find your center and stop. No matter what happens to you. If a crappy thing happens, find the silver lining and grow from it. Do not ever let it destroy your mindset. That is the first, last and only thing you really have. As the saying goes, change your mind and change your life.