Get Off The Couch and Get Into the Studio
Get Off The Couch and Get Into the Studio
I often see comments on my blog or on Facebook , or even in an occasional email that says something to the effect, “Geez, where do you get your energy from?” or , “How do you do what you do every day, you amaze me?!” To me it is never enough so I’m always a little dumbfounded when I see a comment like that because the answer is fairly simple. I just show up. I show up and do something, anything, sometimes a lot of anything, day in and day out. You need to, in a sense, get off that proverbial couch of yours and get into the studio, get in front of the computer, pull out your notebook, draw out your sketches, brush off your running shoes, make sales calls, list your items online, paint that masterpiece (or at least paint a background!) and or prospect new businesses. You just simply need to show up and do the work.
Think about it. You can read all the self-help books in the world, subscribe to the most amazing newsletters or attend the hot class of the moment and come away with nothing. Nada. IF. IF. You choose not to do the primary and most basic activity that you need to do in order to be successful and that is first and foremost, to do the work. Practice your skills, hone your talents, paint, write, run, coach, play your heart out every day. And when you think you don’t have enough time to fit one more thing into your calendar, take a good hard look at what you do day in and day ou,t and I bet you will find a half hour here, an hour there, a day once a week….whatever it may be that is pertinent to your lifestyle that you can protect and engage in that activity you want to do that will make you great. Practice makes perfect and in order to practice, you need to make time to do what it is that you do.
But but….I have the kids soccer practice, volunteer at the school Thursday mornings, church on Sunday, laundry waiting for me, dinner to cook, floors to sweep, the yard to mow, projects that need my attention, phone calls to take, emails to return. So what? We all do. Some of us have more help than others getting those things and more done and others of us are doing it by ourselves and sometimes managing all that and more (maybe it’s a part-time job, full time job, home school). What I have to say about that is, if you want it, you need to do it. If you don’t want it, then that’s fine too. But stop making excuses and start paving the way, clearing the way if you will, to make room for doing things you want to do and doing them well. I subscribe to the fact that something, anything, is better than nothing at all. If all you can clear in a day is 10 minutes, then make the most of that precious time and do the work that will make you great, the work that will add to your inventory, that will gain you new customers, that will put you one step closer to living your dream or achieve the goals that you set for yourself. You can do it.
I’m going to end on this nugget of wisdom that has been self-learned recently. If you want more time in your day to do what you love, then STOP doing things that are not getting you to that place. Not every activity is necessary. Not every engagement is a must attend. Not every project has to be tackled today, right now. There may even be some business activities that you are doing today that are not netting the results that you desire, so take a good hard look at those as well. Can you do them better to make them more worthwhile? Are they still right for you to participate in? You should carefully choose the events that you participate in because everything, I repeat everything , takes time. You can’t get time back so make the most of what you do, let go of the things that are no longer serving the purpose it used to, or you thought it would in the past. Let go of the excuses and just show up and do the work. Simple. Focus. Determination. Endurance. Faith. Gratitude. You can do this, get off the couch now and lets’ get to work!
Jodi Ohl is a self-taught mixed media artist who resides in Aberdeen, NC. Having recently left her day job to pursue her artistic career full time, she is has built a body of work that is known for its distinctive texture, bold color combinations, often whimsical or abstract compositions, as well as motivational in nature. Her art appeals to those that seem to be young at heart and who appreciate the positive side of life whether communicated through words, colors, or composition. Published in a variety of international mixed media magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, Artful Blogging, Artful Journaling, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, as well as a contributor to two mixed media books, Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker and Cloth Paper Scissors, The Book by Barbara Delaney, Jodi enjoys writing about her art and sharing the love of healing and motivation through creativity. She is represented by regional galleries in North Carolina and teaches at local and national workshops around the US. When not painting, she enjoys time with her two sons, Josh, 11 and Zach, 17 as well as other friends and family. Jodi welcomes visitors to her blog Sweet Repeats www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com where you can find a full listing of classes, weekly musings, and additional artwork for sale.