Three Ways to Shift and Reinvent Yourself

A friend of mine told me about her meeting with one of the Top 10 watercolor artists in the world at a retreat he was hosting. In the more than 25 books he has written on watercolor painting, he has often said how he hates when his students tell him, “You have such brilliant, natural talent,” and “I wish I was born like you.” “Nonsense,” he tells them. “It was hard work and a belief I could do it.” This artist now dines on gold plates in palaces where sheiks and shahs beg him to come teach his watercolor methods.

The truth is this man was sacked from his job as an engineer at age 50. With a mortgage, a wife and two sons to support, he had to find the motivation and self-discipline to reinvent his career. There was no time for procrastination. He had no formal art training fueling his mind and no time or money to attend an art university.

This man would wake up every morning at 6 a.m. to go to the London docks at water’s edge with paint and canvas in hand. He could barely paint at first, so he started small. He taught himself to make pencil sketches of landscapes and people and he then painted scenes over the drawings.

He was soon good enough that he attracted attention on the docks, with people stopping to marvel at how he could distill an entire scene in watercolor in less than 10 minutes. People started looking for him at the docks every day and he easily began selling his paintings, while gaining confidence.

The artist found success because he harnessed the power of self-discipline everyday. Throughout his art career, he practiced every morning and for several hours every evening, even as he taught his students to paint by day. This artist’s story should inspire you to shift your mindset and act on your goals every day. Following these three tips will help motivate you to reach a new level of ambition and boost your personal success.

  1. Promise yourself that you will practice your goals each and every day. Set an hourly goal and aim to meet it before you go to bed.
  2. If you don't yet have the skills you need to achieve your goals, start small and build upon your talent.
  3. Recognize when good is good enough (at least for now), then make the sale. Marketing yourself helps tremendously with your level of self-motivation and future discipline.

Are you ready to reinvent the next chapter of your life? I believe in you and it’s your time to brilliantly shine.