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Yesterday on IG Live we talked a little bit about giving up, pushing through, and how/why to give your failures purpose so they’re no longer failures, but stepping stones to success. Social media creates a common misconception that almost everyone we know is extremely successful because we generally see snapshots of the highlights that they choose to unveil. By relation, it often contributes to people feeling a personal sense of failure. What we don’t see is the full picture. We don’t see the struggles, the obstacles, or if those snapshots that are highlighted are even real in the first place. It’s easy to pretend just about anything on social media, and many people will believe it. Don’t believe everything you see.
For me personally, there are far more failures, or obstacles, than successes. We often see only our own full picture, but I will show you mine. This morning I made my submission to New American Paintings. I have been submitting my work to this juried competition since I was a student at Loyola Marymount University. I believe this is my 14th year in a row trying to get accepted. That means for 14 years I have stuck with this dream despite year after year of rejection. The rejection has no correlation to my value, self-worth, or successes as a person or artist. This is just a small piece of a larger puzzle. I am determined to continue going after that puzzle piece though until I grasp it. The rejections don’t even discourage me because, along the way, I am taking other small steps towards my larger goals. There is always progress being made, no matter how small, despite what may outwardly look like a hopeless pursuit. I will get there, and when I do, I’ll be able to say I continued coming back year after year until I made it happen. If I was to stop trying, though, it would never happen. Today I’m sharing my submissions for 2019 with you.
Take baby steps towards your goals. Keep the big picture within sight, but focus on the little things you can do daily to get there. Today I challenge you to acknowledge a failure or obstacle, as well as a baby step you are making towards a goal you have.
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