As an artist, anything is possible. Unfortunately, this also means that it’s easy to become unfocused in your creative approach. And whether it be personally, professionally, or universally derived, there will be certain challenges that increase the likelihood of distractions. But with a clear artistic direction, you will find that everything in the realm of the imaginary becomes more tangible.
For this reason, the importance of having an ultimate artistic goal cannot be overstated. A clearly defined goal will keep you focused and help make your dream your reality! Even if it may seem impossible to obtain now, the first step is admitting your ambitions and embracing them. Don’t worry about the end result just yet and remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day!
And if you don’t yet have a larger goal guiding your artistic endeavors, that’s okay – if you address it now. But if you continue to navigate without that inner compass, you will soon be directionless. You should do a little digging and get to know your inner artistic desires. Here’s why you won’t regret it!
Identify your ultimate artistic goal!
Often beginners in the world of art will have trouble articulating their ultimate artistic goal if asked to share one. And usually, this is not because the goal is hard to put into words, but because they don’t have one! Now, this is a major problem that can jeopardize one’s artistic future, but thankfully the solution is close behind. Here’s why you shouldn’t be afraid to search for that big goal!
As an artist, it’s your job to discover who you are and what you want out of your career. How else are you going to take the chances you need to take to get where you want to go? Work towards your ultimate goal by working on small tasks to point you in the right direction. And remember you must work towards it because no one else will do it for you.
However, many artists in this in-between phase will say they are satisfied with doing anything regardless of their dream. They are already prepared to settle for the path that is easy and uncontroversial, and they haven’t even begun yet! This is completely unnecessary and could be very devastating to their true potential as an artist. Besides, if someone took the time to prod them a bit deeper, it wouldn’t take long before they were admitting their true goals.
By the way, it’s understandable why you as a beginner would fail to have a clearly defined goal yet. Maybe you haven’t met many encouraging people from “the real world,” or found any artists who care. But those supportive people do exist, and you should seek them out! You will find working towards this larger goal requires a healthy support system that ameliorates as much negativity as possible.
If you are on the sidelines when you want to play the game, don’t be afraid to admit what you want. Because if you take the time, you will discover it’s easier to embrace an artistic goal than it is to deny it.
Forget the haters!
Let’s say you do have an artistic goal but everyone in your life seems to tell you that you should give up. This is not tough love – this is a classic case of “haters gonna hate!”
Unfortunately, haters come with the competitive territory of art. Thankfully, however, you are not obligated to entertain them. Hate in this context may not be outright malicious, but it nevertheless attempts to distract you from your dreams. Here’s why you should have a clearly defined goal and never let anyone, or anything, get you off your path.
One of the most common things an artist will hear is about how their dream is incredibly unrealistic. Or maybe people fill your heads with bad advice leading you in the wrong direction. This may come from people who want the best from you, but usually, it comes from jealous mouths. If people are constantly telling you to give up, you should tell yourself you are doing something right!
If you were to ask any famous artist, they will likely relate to everything you experience in this department. People told them they weren’t going to amount to anything, and they should give up too. But at a certain point, their success was irrefutable and everyone else had to accept it! Moreover, these artists will give you specific advice and knowledge which can be summed up to “don’t’ give up!”
If we listened to every hater that ever existed, we would end up doing nothing with our dreams and talents. It’s up to you to surround yourself with encouraging people and to never take the opinions of others too seriously. So, forget the haters, and never lose track of your true artistic goal!
Don’t be your own worst critic! Dont hold yourself back from your artistic goals.
Though it is cliché, artists are their own worst critics. Well, clichés are usually cliché for a reason: they hold an ounce of truth! And undeniably, the biggest hater in an artist’s career can come from within. But whereas some of this a natural part of being human, you can refuse to entertain this self-imposed negativity.
This is to say you must raise and maintain your artistic self-esteem in order to go on creating. If an artist doesn’t take pride in their work, it becomes impossible to take new risks or meet existing deadlines. But by making the effort to defend against toxic self-criticism an artist invests in their art to a deeper degree. That’s right, being nice to yourself is an investment in your future, so start today!
And another helpful way to practice artistic self-care is to surround yourself with successful people. Success in this context isn’t always measured by results, though it can be. No, success is a mindset, and it takes a stance against unjustified negativity. Successful people will believe in you, always support your goals, and remind you you’re doing great!
But perhaps it will help to further unpackage the impact of all this biased self-criticism. Artists will often tell themselves what their worst enemies would never dare to say! These false truths can become legitimate threats to mental health until the art is no longer a healthy possibility. In order to compensate, you must creatively cope with criticism.
In short, as an artist, you must be able to tell those voices in your head that they are not helping. You must become principled in the art of not being too hard on yourself. While this may seem silly or trivial at first, you will find it has a positive effect on your artistic goals.
Keep learning, practicing, and believing in your artistic ability!
As you chase after your ultimate artistic goal, there will be many opportunities to learn, conventionally and unconventionally. In order to grow as an artist, you must appreciate learning for what it is: an invaluable investment in your art. But learning isn’t always easy, and there will be plenty of opportunities where your faith will be tested! But here’s why you should never stop learning, practicing, and believing!
An artist must take the time to learn every step of the way, but there will come a time where you may think there is nothing more to learn. Well, that’s simply not the case! And all it takes is a shift in perspective to arrive at the proper conclusion which is lessons are everywhere. Any successful artist will tell you that there will always be more to learn and do.
Moreover, you should always keep practicing what you do no matter what. Even if you become disinterested, all that means is you need to look inwards and discover new ways to create. Working towards an ultimate artistic goal is a process that takes daily exercises and a ton of small goals. By practicing good habits and making time to experiment in your techniques, you will inevitably become a successful artist.
But believing in yourself is perhaps the most important ingredient of all. If you do not believe that you are a capable artist, you will never find a reason to put pen to paper. And this doesn’t mean that believing in yourself means being cocky or thinking you have nothing to learn. But it does mean believing you can do anything if you work hard and stay focused on your ultimate goal.
There will inevitably be challenges on your journey to create meaningful art. But what causes you to pause and reflect will be super helpful in the end, if you never give up! Allow yourself the mental and spiritual faculties to learn, practice, and believe, and everything else becomes possible!
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to chase your dreams. And you will find there are physical steps you should be taking to realize the many possibilities of your art. By determining your artistic goals, you will have taken the first step in actualizing your artistic potential. It may not always be easy, but it is possible, and you can do it.
May the odds always be in your favor. And remember to be patient with yourself – you can’t rush perfection!