February 8, 2017

Macro / Micro Balance for Creative Confidence

We all have theories on how best to handle stress and self doubt when facing obstacles in our lives. For creative personalities, its often the intangible hurdles that give us the most trouble...
  • Are we talented enough in our chosen Art?
  • Have we learned the right techniques? 
  • Will our ideas turn out as we've envisioned? 
  • Are there many buyers for our chosen craft? 
  • Will the public value our workmanship? 
Chances are, if you're an artist or crafter, you ask yourself countless questions on a daily basis.
The Art industry is wonderful, but subjective. As such, you don't encounter as many of the usual forms of validation as you'd find in other careers. You may work hard, acquire in depth training on your specialty and still not appeal to the local collectors. Or perhaps you're trying a new idea, and you've mulled over this vision for a while, but you don't know where to get started. No matter what you're facing, your outlook can make all the difference in moving forward.

Photography by Annie Winsett | Jewelry by Olmox

I. Bigger Picture
If you're at all like me, you need to see the end goal and understand the full opportunity ahead of you to know that you can't hold back. While some people are intimidated by macro-style thinking, not eager to digest the whole picture at once, this bird's eye view can fuel you to get started. I like knowing my place and how I fit into the situation to get motivated. There's no room for self-doubt! Seeing your contribution and how many people may benefit from your efforts can often give you a skip in your step and help you dive right in. As a lover and active supporter of the Austin art community, I kept seeing areas that talented creatives could use my help to further their goals. While nervous about starting my own business, I knew that I had the best opportunity ahead of me to apply my passions to individuals that inspire me. I know it will take time, hard work and flexibility along the way to build my customer base, but I can see the bigger picture, and I couldn't wait to get started!

II. Step by Step
Do you prefer to dip one toe in the pool for before diving in? If so, you may benefit from a more micro outlook. Instead of trying to work out all of the details and paint the full picture of your creative idea, take things one step at a time. When I feel blocked or start to question what I want to accomplish, this shift can get me back on track. I know the bigger picture, but I can only tackle one thing at a time, so why focus on more than that? Plus, it can be intimidating to worry about how to do each step when it really won't matter until you get there. I've found that in most cases what I didn't know how to tackle at the start was so much easier and clearer when the time actually came to face it.

The truth is, we need both outlooks to be successful. The trick is knowing which one will best serve you for a given situation. Everyday is a chance to be creative and accomplish something new. Know that you can do whatever you set out to, and it's all in how you view the opportunities ahead. Creative confidence is an ongoing battle for us all, but when you love what you do, you can make it work! I believe in you, and I'm here to help whether you need a bigger picture view or step by step support to accomplish your handmade business goals!