How Small Steady Actions Move Us Forward to Our Artistic Goals

artistic goals are built from small steady actions

Each stitch counts toward a finished dress

“Do not be afraid of moving slowly.  Be only afraid of standing still.”  Chinese Proverb

Have you ever thought about the importance of the small, steady actions you take every day toward your artistic goals?

You can’t imagine how important these really are.

Most of us have a very distorted notion of how things actually get done in this world.  We think that great accomplishment only comes from great deeds in artistic goals. 

We imagine our heroes striding toward their goal in seven-league boots–writing best-selling novels in three months, building business empires overnight, soaring to stardom out of nowhere–and this gives rise to painfully unrealistic expectations of ourselves.  And yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Great deeds are made of small, steady actions, and it is these that you must learn to value and sustain in your artistic goals.

Often you feel you’ve done nothing when you’ve actually done a lot.  That’s because what you did do seemed beneath notice–it was so small that you thought it didn’t “count.”  But it did–just as each stitch counts toward a finished dress, each brick toward a house you can live in, each mistake toward knowing how to do things right.

Directed action, no matter how small, moves toward its point.   When you change your perspective, you will start to see how small steps add up.

 

Comments

  1. Such a great point! I can especially relate to it right at this moment, as I illustrate a piece for my portfolio. I tend to put a lot of time in my work with tiny details, and it frustrates me – but your blog did bring my thinking to a new light. Thanks again for your inspiring words.

    • Hello Susan,
      Good to hear from you again. I think a lot of times we are doing a lot more than we give ourselves credit for. Sometimes it helps if you write down what you’ve so you can see a list and that makes you have a better perspective.

  2. Always look forward to your little gems! Being all things,a woman, a mother, an artist,a wife,a cook, etc etc I should know how brilliant I truly am!My paintings are slowly slowly becoming real masterpieces………..in my opinion.

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