Instead of a resolution this year, I'm taking on a challenge. But, the goal is to face this challenge from a different mental mindset than usual.
The Art Center of Redwood City & San Carlos recently voted me in as their new board president. The tricky part of this is that I very much enjoy a good organizational puzzle to work on... to GREAT distraction. While fantastic for doing a quality job, this has not been so helpful for studio time recently. Soooo.... you might have noticed that I've been "distracted" from my art practice for the last couple of months.
The quandary is that every time an artist comes to me and tells me how much more positive the energy is around the Art Center, it brings home that I'm making this little corner of the art world a better place. I love feeling like I'm supporting other artists.
So, why choose either/or? Why not do both? How?
My art business coach Martha Zlator gently pointed out to me that I'm an artist first and board president second. This really resonated with me. She asked me why, if I needed more time for the Art Center, should my studio time be the first to cut? (Insert stunned silence here.)
When we talked about things like delegation, I confessed this was a major personal challenge. Then Martha asked me about payoffs of not delegating... oh boy... control, virtuousness, and (oh this is embarrassing) not ever really facing any failure. And the costs? Not being very happy (ouch) and having creative thoughts desperately pushing through at every inopportune moment possible.
My mindset in the past has been to blissfully go along with my distractions and virtuosity and leave behind what I'm afraid to fail at. It's comfortable and I'm very capable with this way of doing things. Now that I'm present to the payoffs and costs, it seems wrong and unnecessarily painful to continue as I have in the past.
My challenge this next year is to take on being an artist AND a president, but keeping studio time safe and protected. My goal is to keep the payoffs and costs in mind whenever planning out my calendar and to do's each week in the next year. I expect a much happier artist will be emerging in 2017... not that I've ever been Debbie Downer.
What do you wish you could do that you are not doing now or not doing enough of? What are you doing instead? What are your payoffs and costs of your current actions/distractions? Are you up for a change in mindset to do the things that bring you joy?
I would love to hear your insights if you are comfortable sharing them here or in email. It's nice to not be "alone" in these things. Or, talk them out with a loved one if you feel so inspired. In any case, be kind with yourself. This is about noticing what mindsets you have now, without judgement... to see if you truly want to keep them in your future.
Once you recognize these blind mindsets, you have the power to choose.
Wishing you luck and success in your 2017 endeavors!