If you've ever read articles about how to improve your art, you're sure to have heard one thing over and over - practice, practice, practice! While this is most definitely correct and undeniably crucial, I find that a big part of my improvement actually comes from the things I do outside of drawing.
What are these "things", you say?
First off, before you try to improve your art, you need to...
Have the right mindset
Understand and acknowledge these points:
Improvement is hard work. You will need to put in a lot of effort to achieve good results.
Improvement takes time - and it comes in small steps. You cannot fly to excellence in a week - nor a month.
There will always be people better than you and you will inevitably fail once in a while. Don't dwell on this - instead, learn as much as you can from it.
You will need to take advice with an open mind. Learn from critiques and do not be offended if they are harsh - the more mistakes people point out