Note: October 1st, 2016 marked the eighth anniversary of this site. In honor of that milestone, we’re presenting eight encore presentations of our most popular posts based on total views as of this summer. It’s called our 8 for 8 series. Here’s our first encore, originally published last year, on the battles every artist must win.
“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 or her highest potential; one internal, and one external.
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? With 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 external forces arrayed against you that say, “Your art won’t make an impact.”
If art is a weapon against fear and despair, then artists are the foot soldiers 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.
What obstacles have you faced as you’ve worked to achieve your goals?
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