Schoolism | Online Art Classes & Courses | The #1 Rated Online Art School

Using Competition as Motivation

Artist painting

Using Competition as Motivation

Using Competition as Motivation

There is bound to be competition in pretty much any field of work, even if it is not intentional. Even something as simple as browsing through Instagram and seeing other artists’ beautiful work can seem like you’re looking at your competition, knowing that they, too, are trying to make it in the entertainment industry. It’s easy to feel like others are doing better than you or doing more than you which, in turn, can feel like a competition. But, instead of letting this feeling affect you in a negative way, it is possible to use friendly competition as a healthy motivator! 

Healthy competition can be defined as the interaction between individuals that promotes and fosters striving for higher achievements, typically for the good of everyone instead of seeing others fail. This is a positive form of competition that can often help artists, creators, or writers strive to push further within their field, and motivation is key to staying on track to meet your goals and creating a successful future for yourself.

Healthy competition and motivation work hand in hand, helping to guide artists through their career journey with motivation and future goals in mind. This will help artists from all walks of life reach their goals and accomplish their dreams, finding that they are gaining new talents and skills, while getting better at their craft along the way. 

Think Positively 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is P2N1uYieqk8kkAD5KNRs0_PEjhm3waMUrbqzuHnhDIuVDdKewA_VjJafZl1fY6hMr_NDGzpfCWHfnBWIgDG8Bk6V_Cam_PYHr-1uSczIx1J00yhkgbGunJ_HOkCYOR0g76Cr1B1W

Free Road Image on Unsplash

In a sense, being competitive should be seen as a positive attribute, not a negative one. When you see others doing good things, you shouldn’t feel discouraged, but instead, try to channel that feeling into motivation and encouragement. Use the competition around you to help inspire you to better yourself and get better at what you do. Find opportunities to learn new things and gain new skills while expanding your horizons. This is one of the best things you can do for yourself as an artist. 

Think of competition in a positive, healthy way and take a moment to look at things differently next time. If it is possible for someone else, why wouldn’t it be possible for you too? If other people can accomplish their goals, why can’t you as well?  

It is all in your mindset, and a positive mindset can change everything. 

Look at others’ success and use it as pure motivation to get you to where you want to be. Even if you are unsure of where you are meant to be or where you’re heading, stay motivated and set goals. And, most importantly, enjoy the journey!

By letting healthy competition motivate you throughout your career, you might find it easier to reach your goals and continue to thrive in your practice.  With every accomplishment, you’ll see that all along it was all worth it, even with the struggles or hardships you may have dealt with previously. 

Using Competition to Motivate You 

Free Stock Photo (pexels.com)

As an artist, it is normal to be surrounded by healthy competition, no matter where you are on your artistic journey. Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, there will always be someone who can motivate you and push you to do better throughout your career. 

Even if you felt discouraged, unmotivated, or like everyone else was succeeding but you, try to remember that the only person you should be comparing yourself to is the person you were yesterday. And when you find yourself comparing your work to others, use that sense of competition as motivation to improve your own skills! Know that you can get to the level of your peers as well with practice. 

Everyone’s journey looks different and that is completely normal. People may pass you up or you may pass others, but that doesn’t mean that everyone can’t be successful in the end. Success is not a race, there is no winner. Everyone goes at their own pace, takes their own route, and sets goals accordingly. 

It is about finding yourself, reaching your goals, and seeing your dreams become a reality after all the hard work and dedication you put in to get where you are in that moment! 

Ready to join us?

Sign Up in just 3 easy steps!

Let's Get Started!

Scroll to Top

Let's Get Started!