Fighting the Good Fight: The two enemies every artist must conquer

Blessed be the Lord, my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. – Psalm 144:1 (KJV)

You see a violin, and I see a weapon. – Yeniffer Sanchez, violinist

Some battles are not fought by soldiers.

Musicians and artists routinely have to fight, but not physically. Our war is an invisible one. There are two distinct enemies every artist must overcome in order to reach his highest artistic potential; one internal, and one external.musician-414080_1280

The internal enemy is the fear of failure. It claims you are marked for mediocrity. It whispers that your talent will hit a dead end.

The external enemy is an alliance of obstacles that try to keep your message from reaching its target. This alliance tries to convince you that your artistic voice will be lost in the crowd, that you’ll be mired in the margins of your field.

How do we prepare for battle? By disciplined practice.

Just like a soldier in boot camp, you won’t always enjoy it. It gets dirty. It’s not fun. But it’s necessary.

Each time you sit down to practice, study, and improve your skill, you are training your hands, feet, voice, and mind to win the battle over the internal voice that says “You aren’t skilled enough to win.”

That same preparation will also defeat the forces arrayed against you that say, “Your art won’t make an impact.”

If art is a weapon against fear and despair, then the artists are in the trenches. No general sends out troops without the proper tools. The Master Artist has designed and equipped you to win the battle against mediocrity and marginalization.

Life-changing art is the result of a focused mind and a dedicated heart.

Fight to win.

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