Make It Happen - Like Santa

Whenever you find yourself trying to wiggle out of a commitment, remember the story of Rudolph.

Katherine Tyrell

©2010 Katherine Tyrrell, Giant Red Nosed Reindeer Outside Covent Garden Market. Pen and ink and colored pencils in Moleskine Sketchbook, 8 x 10 inches.

[See photo of the reindeer and read more about it.]

It would have been easy for Santa to stay home at the North Pole when the big blizzard hit on Christmas Eve. Picture him: feet up, boots off, sitting by the fireplace sipping eggnog.

But he had an appointment to keep. People were depending on him.

Santa recognized the solution to his dilemma when Rudolph’s nose lit up. Rudolph could help guide his sleigh through the blizzard.

Santa made Christmas happen despite the bad weather.

Instead of making excuses, ask yourself: “How can I make this happen?”

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18 comments to Make It Happen – Like Santa

  • What a great question, Alyson! Actually, it’s the right question. I was working on my last Christmas portrait and feeling distracted by other responsibilities. I went ahead and downloaded podcasts which fed my mind positive messages. I also got an “are you done” text from my friend Pam whom I’d asked to hold me accountable. I show my client the final today AND get paid . Yippee!

  • We agreed yesterday that you would add in a link to the credit line. The correct link for my drawing is http://travelsketch.blogspot.com/2010/11/giant-red-nosed-reindeer-in-covent.html.

    • Katherine: The image is linked to that URL as you requested. Unfortunately, my blog doesn’t support links in captions. None of my credit lines have links in them.

      I have added a link below the caption. I hope it meets with your approval.

      • Thanks for the new footnote Alyson.

        How weird to be able to insert captions but not have the scope to insert html links. I use them all the time on blogger re credits for artwork and hence assumed you could do the same! :)

  • Ellie Giannelli

    I love that green reindeer! I went to London in my 20′s and these lovely sketches brought back wonderful memories. This is very inspiring. Thanks!

  • This is one of my favourite mottoes: Make excuses or make progress. :)

  • I don’t attend many open studios, but when I do , I always come away with good data.
    My colleagues Ed Dwight and Ramon Kelley are very diligent workers. I enjoy their open studio events. I learn a lot. I journal about my visits.
    Oh yeah, these artists have very successful careers.
    Bob Ragland

  • Thanks for the “How can I make this happen” question. I’ve addressed this many times in the past week … with a portrait that was refusing to come together (it has now) and in yesterday’s trip to the Phillips Collection for some recharging of my inspiration batteries. I was loading myself down with excuses and realized they just weren’t going to cut it. Anyway, great post. I love Katherine’s Giant Red-Nosed Reindeer.

  • Tammy

    Your newsletter came at just the right time for me – desperately in need of an attitude adjustment. I was informed yesterday that my inlaws are coming tomorrow and will be here for a week. I know my situation has nothing to do with art but everything to do with honoring relationships and I appreciate your encouragement.

  • Hi Alyson,

    This is a bit like the hero exercise I give my students — they look at past “failures” and see how they were heroes in those situations — it’s reframing. And there couldn’t be a better time for this message. Okay — I will make it happen, it, and it, and it — because there’s always a lot of it to make happen. You are an inspiration. If my dog does her Jingle Bells song video, I’ll send it to you. We will make it happen!!!!

    XO Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and thank you for all of the inspiration all through the year. You are the best. You do make it happen.

  • Perfect message for me. The same thing happened to me yesterday. I was making excusses about not going to a fellow artist’s open studio — and I finally talked myself into going. This man has done a lot for me, and I wanted to show him my support — attendance was sparse, and he appreciated my showing up and hand delivering his holiday card (with a print of one of my paintings on it). I also found the opportunity to ask him for a letter of reference for a mentorship program I’m applying for, and he graciously agreed. Plus I made some good contacts while I was there. I’d have missed all of that if I’d given in to my excuses. THANKS for all your great advice in your blog and your book! Happy holidays and happy creating — Linda

  • *but I don’t get it? Who did the sculpture of the reindeer? Who is the sculptor? What is it made of? How come no dimensions? Must get in touch with this sculptor & tell him or her that she or he needs Art Biz Coach’s help!

    • I looked for it, too, Sari, but I think the gardening staff at the garden did it – therefore, no artist by name. At least that’s what I gathered in a quick search.

      So, the reindeer is a topiary, though I’m not sure what the plant is that they used to fill it.