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Since this is the last day of the year, it seems fitting to focus on new strategies for the new year. I like the word "strategy" because it seems to go a bit deeper in its meaning than words like "plan" or "goal". The word was originally used in reference to warfare and military maneuvers where lives were at stake. That's why it is more comprehensive in its meaning. Some of its synonyms are "calculated"..."deliberate"... "well thought out"..."prudent"...."judicious"..."wise". John Maxwell calls it a plan on steroids. (How Successful People Think by John Maxwell)
Having said all of that, a strategy encompasses a whole lot of elements. One of the most important elements is the determination to implement the strategy and to make sure it is doable on a consistent basis. Strategies have many positive outcomes. They save a lot of time by cutting through all of the procrastination and nonsense that most of us have in our lives. A good strategy will also blast you right our of your comfort zone if you're "gutsy" enough and determined enough to see it through.
That gets us to the point of how artwork gets done. I can tell you from my own experiences that there will be enough distractions in your life to keep you from it forever, but if you can "plough through" all of the excuses and nonsense, you will receive the reward of accomplishment that comes from staying committed.
When it comes to creating good artwork, most people who have never given it a thought, simply assume that it is fun and that talent falls out of heaven on certain people's heads. Nothing could be further from the truth! What it does take is passion, a good strategy, a ton of determination, and a lot of prayer.
Although I have been very consistent with blogging and creating a piece everyday, it is still not easy. And now I need to add another strategy or two to get where I want to be. But I can say without equivocation that the satisfaction and reward of seeing my skill level rise and creating work that becomes more meaningful to me and others is reward enough for the sacrifices I've made.
We are not at the beginning of a new year with a great opportunity to rise up with strategies that follow our passions and will propel us with great speed on this journey called art. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.
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