Taking Imperfect Action

Alyson Stanfield with students

You know that I’m all about action.

But I’m also about reading, researching, and learning, which is a good thing because my primary work is teaching. You have to learn before you can teach, although you’ll learn even more by teaching.

And there comes a time when you must stop the learning phase and start taking action – however imperfect it might be or however reticent you might feel.

Students at my workshop in Burlington, VT commit to taking action.

I think we stay in information-gathering mode rather than taking action for one of two reasons:

1. We’re afraid to make a mistake (failing). 2. We don’t have enough fire in the belly to get moving. We aren’t hungry enough.

Let’s look at these.

Go Ahead and Make Mistakes

You don’t learn simply by reading

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Powerful Questions That Lead to Progress

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Questions, when used in business planning, are more powerful than statements because they make us think and formulate our own answers. They encourage us to consider our situation, environment, abilities, and resources. See if any of these serve you at the moment.

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You Are Not Your Art

Julie Anderson artist

One of my coaching mentors used to say that she couldn’t separate business coaching from personal coaching. “It’s all personal,” she would say. If you read enough business motivation, you will come across attempts to help coach you through rejection and criticism with some form of the following. . . . “You are not your business.” . . .

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I Challenge You To Do The Work

Webinar replay

Yesterday I taught a complimentary webinar for artists titled Surefire Income-Boosting Strategy for 2014, in which I shared the 5-step process I use every year to increase my income. And although our businesses are different, I show how you can apply the same process to your art business – immediately. If you didn’t attend, you can access the replay through January 15 on this page.

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What Good Are Artist Awards?

artist trophy

Best in Show . . . First Place . . . Viewers’ Choice . . . Purchase Prize . . . Honorable Mention. Deep Thought for Artists >> What good are artist awards? Do they lead to a better career for the winners?

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How to Motivate Yourself to Work During the Holidays

One of our Thanksgiving tables. Photo courtesy Cynthia Morris.

With less than 1 month to go before Christmas, it’s about this time that we start using the holidays as an excuse to neglect our income-generating businesses. Don’t do this. Enjoy the holidays as much as you can while also keeping your business on track. There are other people out there who can counsel you on self-care and enjoying the season. It’s my job to remind you that your success depends on the daily commitment you show to your business.

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Artists and Illness < Deep Thought

Deep Thought

I’ve had the fortune of nurturing fairly close relationships with artists in the virtual world since 2002. Because I’ve been at it for so long, I have witnessed too many artists deal with illness – temporary, chronic, and fatal. I feel hopelessly inept to provide any guidance for artists in these situations. Can you help?

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In the Zone of Discomfort

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Attendees at Art Biz Coach workshops are deliberately placed into uncomfortable situations. They are asked to 1) meet everyone in the room before the end of the event; 2) share workshop exercises with people they don’t know; and 3) change seats so they sit next to someone new. I do this because dealing with discomfort is necessary for growth as an artist and as a businessperson.

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4 Ways to Graduate to a More Fulfilling Art Career

graduates throwing their mortarboards in the air

Whether or not you are getting a diploma this month, you can still participate in the springtime graduation ritual.Take stock of the things you’re doing that are holding you at the same place and make a plan to graduate away from them and toward something better. Consider these four ways to graduate your career to a higher level.

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Read Listen Watch Do Write Teach: How to Really Learn Something

©2008 Libby Hintz, Serenely Happy Energy Cells As Seen Under A Microscope. Stained glass, millefiori, glass, beads, chalcedony cabochons, and pearls, 16 x 16 inches. Used with permission.

Think you can take a few classes or attend a workshop and you’re suddenly a genius at business? Of course you don’t. Being an Art Biz Blog reader, you know better.There’s so much to learn, know, and do. Every step forward reveals even more options, and we only begin to understand the implications of an action after we have been implementing it consistently. Here’s how to immerse yourself and really learn how to promote your art effectively.

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