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Thought of the day

By Jessica Craddock

Nov 13

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Did you know that even if you go to sleep fantasizing about an art business where your art is flying off the (virtual) shelves, there’s a good chance YOU are one of the biggest factors holding you back from making that dream happen?⁣

It’s true! (and totally crazy.)⁣

It isn’t something that everyone is doing, but it is more common than you would think.⁣

Here’s how to tell if you’re keeping yourself from that custom-built art studio of your dreams:⁣

First, close your eyes. Visualize the success and validation you’re looking for.⁣

For example, let’s say you have just started doing commissions because you love interacting with people to create their vision. So, in theory, the best thing that could happen is they start selling like hotcakes.⁣

Second, multiply the success in your imagination.⁣

Those commissions are taking off like crazy. Fifty requests are coming in every week, and money is pouring into your bank account.⁣

Third, notice how that makes your body feel.⁣

If you start to feel a tightening in your chest, a lump in your throat, tension in your back, a knot in your stomach, or a clenched jaw, that’s a good indicator you are afraid of success…⁣

…and probably unconsciously stopping yourself from making progress.⁣

So if this is true for you, what do you do?⁣

One of the first steps you can take is to figure out why.⁣

What is your subconscious brain afraid will happen if you get your heart’s desire and more?⁣

Take out a piece of paper, get quiet, and write down the answer to this prompt: “If, all of a sudden, I get everything I want (times 50!), what’s the worst thing that might happen?”⁣
In other words, what consequences could it have on your life that you don’t want to happen?⁣

When you can dig out the deeper fears and bring them to light, they’re much easier to solve.⁣

Knowing the why behind your fear is your first step to recovery.⁣

If you want to share your answer, I would love to hear it!

About the Author

I'm a consultant for artist entrepreneurs who have started building their following online but haven’t figured who would buy their art. My unique approach enables artists to create a signature brand around their art and work smarter so they can sell more & spend their days creating beautiful things. My clients have doubled their social media following, raised their prices, and sold 3x more art within a matter of months.

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