12 Tips For Developing Artistic Patience

The creative process can be messy and give us feelings of stress, anxiety and impatience. Being patient with your art is very important.

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Finding Artistic Patience

Making things requires patience. Many of us have lofty goals of becoming a famous artist or influence. Some of us just want to feel competent with our skills.

Every goal comes with its own set of hurdles, obstacles, and setbacks. These issues can leave us feeling down, stressed, and impatient. We want the benefits of reaching our goals but are stuck on the road to them.

Today I want to discuss a how we can have patience in art and content.

Why Do We Feel Impatient?

Unrealistic Expectations

Sometimes our goals are not aligned with our expectations.

For example, say our goal is to learn how to make art and make money from art. This is a very large goal that will take some time to accomplish.

Our current media and pop culture environment does not help us align our expectations. Every day our newsfeeds are filled with viral content, and overnight successes. While they are fun to read about, they are not the norm. Most successful people reach their goals over a long span of time.

Getting Stuck On A Problem

Making art and content is often a messy process. We often make mistakes and run into problems while creating. These issues can bring about feelings of impatience.

As creative people, we should always be looking for creative ways to overcome or circumvent the issues in our craft. Failure and frustration are normal parts of the creative process. growth comes when we find ways to persevere through our problems.

As we become more accustomed to overcoming these issues, we build tolerance for problems that arise. This tolerance will help relieve feelings of stress, anxiety, and impatience.

Stress and Anxiety

Being a good creator takes a lot of time and energy. Whenever a lot of time and energy is being used on a single endeavor there is always a change of stress, anxiety, and burnout.

RELATED: How To Deal With Creative Burnout

Our goals can often feel permanently out of reach and impossible to accomplish. The effort we are putting into our projects can feel fruitless. Negative emotions surrounding our creative goals can greatly impact the work we do and make us feel impatient.

By practicing de-stressing techniques and taking care of our mental health, we can be better equipped to handle problems that arise in the creative process.

Sometimes the best answer to this is to take a break. Taking breaks can help refresh and revitalize our thinking. There have been countless times where I was frustrated on a project and decided to take a break. Upon returning from the break, I realized the solution to the problem had been staring me in the face the whole time.

Lack of Focus

Having focus on what your goals need is important for success. Creation is process, and focusing solely on the end results may not be conducive to growth.

Every skill, especially creative or artistic skills, require time to develop. Just because we want to create in a specific style or medium does not mean we will be instantly successful. Creative mediums (painting, drawing, music, writing) and styles take time to learn and develop.

Creators and artists can get feelings of impatience when they begin to work on projects without developing the needed underlying skills. Sometimes the best route is to take time to develop skills before jumping into a big project.

12 Tips For Developing Artistic Patience As A Creator

  1. Don’t jump into your big “epic” project right away. Start small and build your way up to your bigger ideas.
  2. Take time off from working on projects to study, learn, and refine your skills.
  3. Find other artists at your current skill level. Grow and develop together.
  4. Study your favorite artists and creators. Most of them weren’t overnight successes.
  5. Plan for the future, but try to live in the moment.
  6. Keep in mind that one piece of art or content won’t make or break you. Audiences and reputations come with time.
  7. Have a solution-oriented mindset. When you come to an obstacle, think of creative ways to overcome them.
  8. Remember that frustration and failure are natural and important parts of growth. People aren’t perfect and our creative journeys won’t be as well.
  9. Take regular breaks from your work to relax refresh yourself.
  10. Practice destressing techniques.
  11. Find what triggers your feelings of impatience and be mindful of them.
  12. Align your expectations with your goals. Try setting smaller goals to get short-term wins while working toward your big goals.

How Do You Handle Artistic Patience?

How do you handle stress, anxiety, and impatience when trying to reach your artistic goals? Do you have any tips for artistic patience that I missed?

Comment below or hit me up on social media!

Further Reading

Four Steps To Developing Patience – Psychology Today

Patience and Tips On How To Develop It – Essential Life Skills

6 Keys To Developing Patience – 7Mindsets

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