TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS/STUDENTS...
It's amazing how setting goals can make you unhappy.
For a long time, I've always thought to myself: "I'm not quite as good, but I will be once I've met my goal." Or, " Once I've reached my goal, I'll be happy, I'll be successful." I'm sure that I am not alone in this mode of thinking and as a result we ultimately push our own happiness to the back, unless we accomplish some major milestone.
We place ridiculous stress on ourselves to lose weight, get a promotion...finishing a comic or whatever.
But I think setting goals seem useless without a system or process in place to reach them. I'm learning more that it's important to understand the difference between goals & systems. The goal is the desired end result, the system is the process, or practice that (if committed to) eventually gets you there. Focusing on practice instead of performance allows you to be present, and improve at the same time. Planning progress (Goal) vs. Making progress (System).
Let's commit to