I am a devoted fan of Danielle LaPorte. I saw her speak last year at the World Domination Summit in Portland and I was hooked. She is a life coach of sorts or maybe she is a career guru or maybe she is just a rock-star-fire-starter but her ideas always hit so genuinely home for me.
Anyway, I subscribe to her White Hot Truth emails and last night, right before I went to bed, I got an email from her and the subject line read: “What do you want… that you already have?”
Hmmm, that thought stuck with me as I tossed and turned in my sheets. What do I want that I already have? Maybe quite a lot of things, when I really think about it. The point is that sometimes we get caught up in the wishing and the wanting and we fail to notice how far we’ve already come.
I realized that I am always striving and working on building a successful art career. Keep moving ahead. Going to the next level. Making it happen. Reaching success. But what defines success? Selling artwork? Showing in galleries? Touching people with my work? Getting commissions? Always improving the work?
I realized as I was lying there unable to sleep that I have all those things. I have an art career. It’s here. This is it. There’s nothing wrong with setting goals and wanting to move ahead but sometimes it’s good to stop and take a look at how far you’ve come.
So I took a moment to really reflect on what I have accomplished so far. Wow, how nice to stop for a second and just feel a little bit of satisfaction. To sit with your accomplishments. How great it feels to feel gratitude for what you’ve been able to achieve. How come I NEVER do that?
There’s something very soothing about that process. It sort of takes the anxiety out of the toil and the strife of a passionate pursuit. Being present and smelling the roses in this very moment is so empowering. I just finished a new series of work, I have a commission project coming up, I’m working on children’s book illustrations and I write every week about art, passion and possibility here on this little blog. I suppose that, my friends, is an art career.
Well what do you know?
Danielle was right, what an amazing little exercise I went through in my head. I woke up feeling grateful, empowered, and a lot more calm and clear about what I want in my life. I finally decided to give myself a little credit for how far I’ve come and it felt great.
So…. what do you want in YOUR life… that you already have?