In the 25-plus years that I’ve been researching and living a life immersed in the arts, I’ve uncovered many traits to success.
One of the most essential keys to succeeding as a musician, writer, visual artist, performer (or any type of creative entrepreneur) is mastering the balance between your thoughts and your actions.
Thriving, empowered artists almost always have a positive mindset. It’s vitally important to have a vision, set intentions, and affirm that you can make progress.
But thinking alone won’t get you there. You have to back it up with action.
This is a topic I’ve been hammering home a lot lately — the crucial role that developing habits can have on a artist’s ability to touch people and make an impact with their creativity.
That’s why I’m launching programs like the 30-Day Build Your Fan Base Challenge, a four-week experience that has participants focusing on one specific goal: to post something related to their art every day for a month.
That’s right. Every day for 30 days in a row!
You might play a song using Facebook live — every day.
Or share a few paragraphs from a book you’re writing — every day.
Or show one of your photographs or paintings and explain the story behind it — every day.
That may seem like a tall order, but you could do it if you kept things simple and had a big enough WHY to propel you.
So, let’s spell out the benefits of consistent exposure.
Sharing your work on a daily basis will help you …
- Develop your creative muscle. Like any activity, the more often you do it, the stronger the habit becomes.
- Hone your craft. The more often you create, the better you get, and the closer you get to mastering your art form.
- Make more of an impact. To touch others with your art, people must become aware of your talent and experience it. Consistent sharing helps you reach more people faster.
- Create a body of work. You’ll become more prolific and will have a wider range of offerings to promote and sell.
- Get immediate feedback. You won’t have to guess about what resonates with people. What they like, share, and comment on will tell you.
- Engage with fans. Connect and build relationships with the people who interact with you and the things you post.
- Break through fear, apathy, and distractions. You won’t let negative thoughts win when you overpower them with action.
- Be seen as a committed artist instead of a dreaming wanna-be. People will know you’re a serious creator when they see how dedicated and consistent you are with your craft.
- Increase the odds that you’ll sell something. The more you get your offerings out into the world, the more likely people are to buy them.
- Create momentum. Consistent action will lead to a snowball effect, where new ideas for your art and how to share it flow freely.
- Develop a new habit. Once you establish a routine of consistent creation and sharing, it will be a lot easier to keep it going long term.
Here’s the bottom line …
It’s nice to create when you’re in the mood.
It’s fine to share your music, words, and art here and there when you get around to it.
It’s good to have positve thoughts about your future as a creative person.
But those traits alone won’t help you make a bigger impact. And they certainly won’t help you make money or a living from your craft.
The difference maker is consistent activitiy and repetition over time.
Are you willing to develop a new habit and make a commitment to sharing your creative work on a regular basis?
Whether you do it with a community of creative people or you do it on your own, I encourage you to make art and creatvity a priority in your life — so you can share what you create and positively impact others.
Thanks for all you do to express your creativity and share it with the world!