A Secret To Confidence In My Dream

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The month of May is rushing to and end.  It has been several months since I joined the support group  8 Women Dream with the goal to become a successful International artist.

Recently,  I  felt like my dream was drifting further away. With my impending birthday this week, I began to be revisited by old Mr. Doubt whispering once again in my ear

“You’re too old, not talented enough, too much competition . . .”

In my last post I spoke about “Seven Ways To Sabotage My Success” and concluded it came from fear of success and insecurity.  I spent time this week reading our member’s posts and thinking about how to face my own fears and find that confidence.

I realized, after reading Danelle’s post here on 8 Women Dream that there were past moments when I felt quite powerful and successful.    Focusing on those  moments seemed to help me put it all into perspective.

I decided to  challenge myself and work though my seven steps of sabotage and make an effort to address each one.  It is a little scary because I have allowed so much time to elapse but I also know that I need to do this to move forward.   I have seven steps and seven days to address them.  One a day.

Yesterday was a stellar day.  I went to a wonderful meeting in the morning, painted in my studio and deposited a check from my dentist.   He bought two paintings from me this week.  To top the day off,  I received an acceptance letter from San Luis Obispo Plein air competition.


(Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.  She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.)

  • Heather_M

    I call this your “give yourself a break” point when I hit it… the ‘overnight success’ has typically been at it for years. Our goal is to help you speed it up (definitely!) but remember to be kind to yourself and pat yourself on the back for those sales!

  • It sounds like you’re doing really well. I’m so glad my post was helpful to you. I can’t wait to hear how you work through your seven steps of sabotage. Have a great week!

  • Dawnda

    Congrats on the sales and the letter!! Seems like you are moving forward quite well. I think you are doing great and I believe the international part will come as long as you just keep working (don’t give up).

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I always think of you as a person who is always moving forward. You accomplish so much within the week between posts. I was thinking of you today when I watched American heartland on PBS today and they showcased a painter who runs a farm with her husband. I left a comment on the blog about you – http://www.americasheartland.org/blog/blog.html
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend. I thought of you weekend posters and figured you both deserved some single time on the blog, allowing your posts to stand alone without all the rest.