It is Monday, the day of the week that I usually dread most, however, this morning I awoke feeling differently. This is the beginning of the week, which means I have a number of new goals to set, opportunities to meet, and experiences to have. I can choose to sieze this day. I can choose to embrace new challenges or to just passively let the day play out like any other Monday. I don’t want today to be wasted!
I watched a motivational YouTube video last week, which stated that the outcome of your day can ultimately be determined in the first 30 seconds or so of awaking. It starts with you simply saying “I am,…”, and what follows those two words can significantly improve your attitude for the rest of the day, and even impact the rest of your week. You can say, “I am thankful for the love and support of my family/ my wife/ my husband/ my friends”, or, “I am patient/ I am kind/ I am talented/ I am passionate/ I am focused/ I am determined/ I am a good husband/ I am a good father/ I am a good son”, etc. Or you can tell yourself the opposite things,… “I am so stupid/ I am so unlucky/ I am so unfortunate/ I am so hopeless”, etc. Whatever you tell yourself will dictate the way that you perceive your day. That video stuck with me, and today I woke up feeling excited. I did verbalize all of the things that I am greatful for, which made me feel like I could easily tackle the challenges that had previously held me back. It made me realize that I am wealthy even though I don’t have much money. My wealth comes from my family, my loving wife and my beautiful children.
Today I feel lucky and fortunate to have all of the wonderful things that I do, which gives me the incredible strength to tackle new challenges! And so, my goal for today is to make a list of all the clients whom I have sold art to, and (for those whose contact information I still have) I am going to send them an email with updated information including my new website, instagram account, etc. I admit that this is something that I often don’t think about, but I recognize that it is extremely important to stay in touch with former clients. This can easily be done by creating an emailing list and constantly letting people know what I am up to in terms of shows, public events, new works for sale, etc. I often am so focused on trying to find new clients that I forget to stay in touch with those who’ve all ready bought my work. Honestly, most of my sales have come from a small handful of devoted collectors. I have about 3 or 4 clients who each own half a dozen or more of my works. I believe one of them owns about 12 pieces of mine. So, it is incredibly important for me to keep those people informed of what I am doing with my art at all times. And, they also might have friends who are art collectors as well. Word of mouth after all is the best form of advertising.
My only other goal for today is to put a few hours into my studio work. I have some bigger goals planned all ready for tomorrow so stay tuned.