When you’re building something new and exciting, it’s hard to have patience.  You’ve got all of these ideas and can see all of the exciting possibilities laid out in front of you, and you want it NOW.  I totally get that, and that has been a struggle for me as I’ve been building my art business. The problem with impatience, is that it can cause us to get discouraged and even give up when things don’t happen as quickly as we might like.  Let’s say you make your first art post on IG, and maybe only a few people like it. If you’re seeing things through the lens of patience, then you will realize that it takes time to build followers, and that it will come. If you become impatient, you might say “no one likes my art, I’m not going to post on social media anymore”.  It’s been very helpful for me to take a long view of things, and realize that anything worth building takes time. Lots and lots of time, and patience, and dogged persistence. So how can we help ourselves stay patient and still keep moving forward without getting discouraged? Here are some things that have helped me.

  1. Set short and long term goals to help you stay focused.  I like to set short term goals for myself daily/weekly, and I also set short term goals for the next 6 months.  My short term goals help me stay on track and my long term goals serve as the bigger vision for where I’d like to be in the future.  Its super important to have both.
  2. Celebrate your small wins.  There will be lots of them, but if you’re not actively looking for ways to celebrate them, they may get lost in the quest for the bigger goal.  
  3. Don’t confuse patience with waiting for that break to find you.  Make a list of all of the things that you can think of that will help you achieve your goal, and make it a daily practice to pick one of those things to move forward with.  Email that gallery, sign up for that art show, paint live on FB or IG.
  4. Don’t get discouraged when things dont happen or change overnight.  Keep taking small steps toward your goals.
  5. Start building a support system for yourself and others.  Seek out “business besties” that you can collaborate with and support.  It’s so important to have people to reach out to (and to be that for someone else as well), so if you do get frustrated and discouraged, you have someone to share that with instead of giving up.