5 things I learned from Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Wayne Dyer is one of my favorite motivational speaker. Unfortunately he passed away in august 2015. He is also a self- help author who’s first book Your Erroneous Zones, is one of the best selling books of all time. I like his videos and books. He is humble and kind. His movie “The shift” made me actually realise what is really important in life and gave me courage to pursue the artist career. I have learned many things from him.

The world is in a constant change. There is so much rivalry everywhere. Sometimes we forget that the most important thing isn’t to be better than anyone else. I learned from Wayne that I should focus on being a better artist than I was the day before. Whether it is about learning some new painting techniques, drawing techniques or something about marketing my business. Thanks to him I don’t get discouraged so much as I used to in the past. Personally I think every artist should come up with goals that they want to achieve and then start working towards these goals.

” My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I was yesterday” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

Sometimes when I paint, I suddenly get frustrated because I realise that the painting is not turning out the way I wanted it. Usually that’s the moment when I feel the urge to just throw the brushes away and do something else. I learned from Wayne to change the way I look at things and everything suddenly worked out. I decided to surrender to the situation and when I got rid of the resistance, then I suddenly got the inspiration and motivation to continue painting.

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change”- Dr. Wayne Dyer

Often times people get carried away because they are so desperate to achieve their goals fast. Wayne Dyer taught me that it’s not the destination that is important, it’s the journey to the destination. Sometimes when I have achieved something after a long time of trying, I see everything clearly. I understand that each step was important and beautiful. Each step had something to teach me.

“When you dance,  your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way”- Dr. Wayne Dyer

Being an artist hasn’t always been so easy. I believe every specialty has its positive and negative sides. There have been days I’ve struggled with finding new ideas. Artist block is something that every creative person has come across. I learned that it all comes down to one thing- belief. You have to believe that you can do it and the way will present itself.

“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles”- Dr. Wayne Dyer

During all those years I have been artist, I have got so many critical and negative comments. People who do 9 to 5 job every day, have hard time understanding that what the heck is going on in my mind. They don’t understand why I want to risk like that because they don’t think it’s something which would bring me income. Wayne actually encourages people to follow their passion. Passion is this fire inside of you which makes you feel like you can do anything. It’s such a powerful feeling!

“Passion is a feeling that tells you; this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy”- Dr. Wayne Dyer

These are some of the things that I have learned from Wayne Dyer. I’m so grateful that I discovered his books and his videos.

Have you watched Wayne’s videos and read his books? In which way has his teachings impacted your creative career?

6 ways to be more productive

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Do you have dreams and goals that you want to achieve? I have.  Are there any ways to achieve your dreams quicker? Yes, with a lots of effort and work. You gotta have patience and be consistent. It’s very important to know how to be productive. Today I will tell you about 6 ways to be more productive.

  1. Get up early
    In most cases, artists are people who like to sleep a lot and whenever they want. The world is full of many artists and this means there is a huge competition. The truth is, if you want to accomplish a lot in your life and achieve all your dreams, you have to work for it. You can’t just sit and think that ” I will start tomorrow” There is no tomorrow. Tomorrow is just an illusion. The right moment is now. I consider myself a person who likes to stay up late and wake up late. Most of my life, when I didn’t go to school or had a day off from work, I slept and woke up late, just to realise that I had missed half of the day. This half day can be very important, especially when you’re an artist and want to survive in this industry. Presently I wake up every day at 8.00am. I’m sure I will soon train myself to get up even more early. It just takes a little bit self discipline. You have to start taking your time seriously. Like they say: Time is money.
  2. Exercise regularly
    It’s very important to exercise regularly. I do it every day. I wake up and do 30 minutes of yoga. After that I feel so much better. I feel energized.  I believe its good to go for a walk after spending a lot of time painting or drawing. Sometimes the positions we use to paint and draw, are not very good for our body. So you should find some kind of physical activity to do every day. If you exercise then it will lower the risk of some diseases.Take the quiet time!
  3. Make a to-do list
    I’ve learned that it’s wise to make a to-do list. The best time for doing it, is in the night, before going to the bed. You can think about all the things you want to do tomorrow and write them down. This way you will prepare your mind for the next day and you won’t have to brainstorm yourself in the morning. You would already know what to do and you can use your time more effectively.
  4. Don’t say yes too much
    I’m one of those people who say yes too much. Are you also that kind of person? Sometimes it can backfire us. By saying yes to many things, you might lose your valuable time to finish all your own things. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s good to help other people and take extra projects but you shouldn’t do in the expense of your own health.
    “The first health is wealth”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. It’s okay to ask help
    There is a high risk of working too hard and burning yourself in the process. You don’t have to do it all by yourself. It’s completely normal to ask help from other people. Maybe there are some people in your family who could help you with financial things or a good friend of yours could help yourself out with marketing. If you feel that it’s not fair to ask them without giving back nothing, you can always buy them a cup of coffee, make a cake or take them out for a dinner. Besides, I’m sure they would love to help you.
  6. Eat regularly!
    Sometimes when we get caught up with all the things we need to do during the day, we might totally forget to eat. Eating regularly has many benefits. It will help keep your blood sugar levels stable. I don’t know about you, but I can’t be with empty stomach. I get very moody. Eating regularly will help you concentrate better on your tasks.

So tell me. Did I miss some of the ways which can help you be more productive? I would love to hear about them.

6 ways to feel more positive about your artwork

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Do you  paint or create something on a daily bases? Do you sometimes feel that your artwork is not as good as you want it to be? Do you sometimes wish you could be perfect? Do you feel frustrated and wish there would be ways to feel more positive . Actually there are! Today I will talk about 6 ways to feel more positive about your artwork.

  1.  Make a collage of the evolution of your artwork– I found a good way to keep myself more positive about my artwork. Throughout years I’ve created many drawings and paintings. When I was a little kid, I loved to draw and paint with watercolors and gouache colors. Luckily my mom kept all these drawings and I got a chance to make a collage of these drawings. Basicly I scanned them to my computer and made a collage with each year. As time went by, I added more collages. This way I can see the improvement that has taken place in my artwork. I’m able to see the difference between the artwork of 2014 and the artwork of 2012. It encourages me to work harder because I realise that I’m getting better and better all the time. As long as I keep going, there is nothing that would prevent me from getting better.
  2. Speak positive about your artwork– It’s very important to speak positive about your artwork. If you keep saying bad things about your artwork, then nobody would want to buy your artwork. I mean, can you imagine being a customer and then you meet an artist who tells you that the painting could have been better in many ways, how would you feel? Would you want to buy his artwork? Probably not. So always have good things to say about your artwork.
  3. Have confidence– They say there isn’t anything as sexy as being confident about yourself. I believe success comes only to  those who are confident. The people will feel it and see it when a person is confident and this will open the gates of opportunities.
  4. Positive affirmations– There is an infinite power when it comes to our minds. We use only 10% of our brain. This means that the rest of the brain has to have some kind of purpose too. According to Joseph Murphy, the subconscious mind has a big impact in our lives. If you repeat positive affirmations on a daily basis, then you will soon start seeing chances in your life. I use positive affirmations every day and I can’t imagine my life without them.

    “The subconscious mind is ruled by suggestions, it accepts all suggestions- it does not argue with you- it fulfills your wishes”- Dr Joseph Murphy

  5. Accept compliments-Sometimes when we feel negative emotions about our work, it’s very difficult to accept the compliments from other people. You might even start doubting if those comments are sincere but you have to have positive mindset. If people comment your work, then it means its good and they appreciate what you do. Use these compliments as a fuel to get new ideas and inspiration for your upcoming work.
  6. Don’t compare yourself with more experienced artists– It’s so easy to lose control and start comparing yourself with more experienced artists. This does no good. It won’t keep you motivated, nor does it inspire you to create more. I have felt it so many times that I’ve already lost the count. It’s not fair to compare yourself to somebody who has done the same thing 20 years, when you have maybe done it only for 5 years. It’s natural that you won’t be as good as they are. So stop beating yourself up. Our own thoughts are sometimes our biggest enemies.

What are those ways which make you feel more positive about your artwork? Leave the comment!

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5 things I’ve learned from Napoleon Hill

5 things I've learned from Napoleon Hill

Do you have some kind of mentors or people who you admire and who have taught you a lot and thanks to them you have grown as an artist? I have. One of these people is Napoleon Hill. Maybe you have heard about him before? For those of you, who haven’t heard of him- he was an American author of personal-success literature. I read his most famous book “Think and grow rich” and I have also listened to his videos. I will talk about 5 things I’ve learned from Napoleon Hill as an artist.

Being an artist requires a lot of patience and work. But sometimes things don’t go the way I want and this might really encourage me to the point that I don’t feel like painting and drawing at all. Actually this isn’t the solution. Sometimes it might feel like its easier to ignore the problem and be negative about it. The solution is a positive mind. With a positive mind everything is possible.The mindset is everything. Because if you are positive then you concentrate on the solutions, instead of the lack of the solutions. This is very important for me because I paint my feelings and I always want my thoughts and feelings to be good when I start painting something.

“A positive mind finds a way it can be done; a negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done”- Napoleon Hill

There have been many times when I’ve come up with some really good plans. At least I thought these were good plans and once I realised that I didn’t get the results that I wanted, I knew that this wasn’t the right thing to do. That I should come up with a new plan.
“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal”- Napoleon Hill

Everything was once just a thought. We create the world around us with our thoughts. Napoleon Hill have made it very clear that we create our own life with our thoughts. So if we can see it in our mind, then we can see it manifesting in our reality. My paintings were once just a thought. I remember it clearly when I got an idea to start painting wildlife animals. I decided to visualize it in my mind and try to figure out how it would feel if I would paint wildlife animals. Now I realise that everything went exactly the way I saw it in my mind once. Its very interesting how powerful the mind actually is.
“What the mind can conceive, it can achieve”- Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill encourages us to take the most of everything that we have. In other words, we shouldn’t wait and wait for something that might never happen. We should do everything we can with everything we have and if we do that then soon we have everything we need in order to make the next step. This is also how I’ve tried to live my life as an artist. Sometimes I just need to start doing things in order to get where I want to be. In the past there were times when I thought that if I wait for the time I have more money to buy more supplies then I can start making art with more quality, instead of drawing and using the tools that I already have and improving my skills.
“Don’t wait, the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along”-Napoleon Hill

During all those years I have made so many mistakes when it comes to creating art. I started back on 2010. I had no idea how to mix oil colors or how to draw people. Turns out I needed to fail all these times in order to succeed. At the time it sometimes felt very hard especially when there were so many talented artists and I’m that kind of person who is really critical towards myself. I was really impatient. I’m glad that there have been so many failures along the way. I believe this is the reason I’ve learnt a lot and grown as an artist.
“Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times”- Napoleon Hill

These are some of the things I’ve learned from Napoleon Hill. I would love to know if you’ve read his books and listened to his videos? What have you learn?

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How to start believing in yourself

How to start believing in yourself

Have you ever found yourself thinking that you are not good enough? That your ideas are not good enough? Maybe you think that there are so many artists who are better than you? Have you ever thought: “How am I supposed to achieve my dream?” Welcome to my world. I have had these kind of thoughts so many times that I have lost count. But there is a way how to start believing in yourself more.

I remember when I started to draw and paint again on 2010. Back then I had this perfect image on my mind how I wanted everything to be. Which also included my artistic skills and abilities. I wanted to be good and professional quickly. Unfortunately that meant only one thing, that I didn’t have patience.
So I drew and painted a lot but many times I got mad and frustrated because things didn’t go the way I wanted. So I just threw my pencils and oil colors in the corner. Few days later, something inside of me kept telling me ” Try again, don’t give up. Eventually you will achieve your goals”.

I had a really hard time in my life back then. I studied in the university business and marketing but something inside of me kept telling me that this is not the right thing. And besides that I had an anxiety which made it quite impossible to even go to school. Eventually on the 3rd year I took the risk and decided to quit.

There were so many people around me who didn’t understand why I made that kind of choice. When I told them that I want to be an artist and make the living with my art, then many of them raised their eyebrows and gave me the weird look, like I’m some kind of freak. They told me that its impossible to make money by selling your art. That this can only be my hobby, nothing more. Many even stopped being my friend. But that was totally fine with me.

To be honest, I was really scared. Why? Because I didn’t know how to achieve my dream. And the uncertainty about the future made me worry a lot. Eventually I understood that worrying about everything doesn’t help at all. In fact it only makes things worse. So I decided to take 1 day at a time. As I started to be more positive, I noticed that everything started to get better. My mindset was more positive and I didn’t throw my art supplies to the corner anymore. In fact, I started to get more inspiration and ideas about what to draw and paint.
I spent hours watching different art tutorials on Youtube. I did everything that I could to be better than I was the day before. I invested in myself.

Today I’m really grateful that I didn’t give up.

So if you are facing some difficult times and you want to give up, then please don’t! Because then you might regret later and think: ” What could have been if… “

You will have to face your deepest fears and tell yourself that: “I am good enough!” You have to believe in yourself! Surround yourself with people who like same things as you. There is a quote that I like:
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”- Dr. Martin Luther King

So just take the first step. And one day you will realize that all these little steps helped you to achieve your dream.

Have you experienced something similar? Maybe you can even share some tips.