I have discovered that obstacles are simply challenges and they create new problem solving skills. Painters have many obstacles along the path of their careers. After painting for more than 50 years, I’ve run into more obstacles than I could count. The early years of my career brought much hand wringing and poor me angst. As I matured and became more confident in my work and business acumen, I had a change of heart about roadblocks to my success.
I believe we grow and becomed seasoned by learning that obstacles are tests for our cognitive and physical limitations. I tend to become more creative in my thinking and think outside of my norm to make progress. I have learned to be calm and think of possible solutions instead of becoming angry or throwing in the towel. I have also learned that some problems simply can’t be solved. When realization comes to me, I can accept defeat and change my direction, letting the dissapointment go, or biding my time until a solution emerges.
In all cases it is wise to be open minded and always focus on solutions rather than being paralyzed by the problem. It is always amazing to me that there are often alternatives to problems, and sometimes the obstacle is there to save me from a ghastly, expensive mistake. That doesn’t mean I should give up my dreams and hopes. It means that better ideas may come along in the mean time.
It is often a great idea to talk over a problem with someone who understands and may help with a solution. I don’t mean a conversation with whining and negativity. Start the conversation with the problem at hand and ask for help in finding a solution. A friend or advisor may have a clearer vision than you because you are too close to the situation.
My example is my wish for a town studio. I’ve looked for years. I’ll find it eventually. I came up with an idea to make it affordable by asking my collectors to donate one month’s rent in exchange for a painting. I’ve had three good friends come forward so far. I’m saving the donations for the future studio, so I’ll be ready when it comes along. I only need 9 more donations to pay the first year’s rent.
Thinking of solutions is always the best way to overcome obstacles.
More to come…….