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A quick study I did after Frank Duvenuck. Knowing I want to paint masterfully (in my own way) I study the masters.

As you sit here reading this post, ask yourself what you did today that moved you closer to where you want to be…

…And here’s to hoping you’ve more than a faint inkling of what you want to do artistically and creatively. Though it’s perfectly alright if you don’t– that’s part of what this post is about.

You see, when we’re living in this day-to-day life, it’s very easy to sit back and become complacent– to throw your dreams under the couch and pick up the controller, or to scroll mindlessly down the dashboards of your favorite social media feed.

As you read these words, I want you to call to mind your goals. What is your primary goal as an artist? Do you want to work at your favorite studio? Hold large gallery shows and sell your work for tens-of-thousands or more? Do you simply want to complete a story or series that’s been building in your head ever since you can remember?

All of this is possible, so long as you make the definitive decision to move towards it.

On the other hand, if you don’t have any goals then it’s only a matter of time before you begin to feel vacant. You’ll have this odd feeling like there’s nothing in particular you’re moving towards, nothing keeping you hungry for accomplishment and personal development.

You must be honest with yourself about what you want. Let not fear nor doubt stop you from the discernment of it.

This, my creative kin, is what is worth your determined and courageous pursuit.

So let’s return to the topic at hand. What have you done today? Did you take a baby step? good! Did you make a tremendous leap? Even better! Each day a step is made, and one day the goal is won with diligence.

But if you’re still adrift, or you’ve fallen off course, here are a couple simple and easy steps to help you discern a creative and fulfilling purpose, and to aid you in the attainment of it. Even if you’re already hustling, this will ensure that you maintain that momentum. There’s no reason not to give these simple exercises a try.

1. Write down your goal.

Be specific. Give yourself a deadline, and allow yourself a reasonable amount time to move towards it.

2. Rewrite your goal daily after you wake up.

Your mind will automatically urge you towards it. Better yet, revise the goal as you go along. Keep a daily to-do for making the goal happen.

3. Take joy in each step towards the attainment of it.

If your goal was “publish my graphic novel by 2017, and gain a 2000-person following via a progress blog by 2016.” then you may have done some character concept sketches today, or perhaps you revised your script after feedback.
The fact of the matter is you’re moving towards it, and that’s more than most people ever do.

Bonus tip:

Don’t waste time feeling bad about procrastinating, or telling yourself you don’t know what you want to do. procrastination or willful neglect of your inner calling is simply fear in disguise. How do you fight fear? by facing it. You already know all of this, but it never hurts to have a strong reminder.

Now,  remind yourself that you’re worth it. The simple fact that you exist is enough to warrant a smile and acknowledge a purpose. You can do whatever it is you’re aiming to do, by winning the little daily battles against fear and laziness.

I invite all who are truly struggling to consult with me via email, Or Join the forum.

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See you in the next post!

Your friend and genuine admirer,

-Taylor