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Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Tip Five Self-confidence

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

TIP FIVE: RULES FOR AWARENESS 5

Awareness is intuitive perception that allows you to see things uncluttered by illusion or preconceived notions. Acts of awareness promote confidence and self-preservation. While your attention is on reading a book, awareness informs you that your house is on fire.

Awareness demands discernment between what is pertinent from what is irrelevant. If you can’t, then you have lost single-mindedness of purpose—making self-confidence immaterial.

To engage awareness, master the first rule: don’t believe your own bull.

The second rule is that no ‘thing’ is obvious; and the third is that no ‘thing’ goes without saying.

Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

Tip Four Self-confidence

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

TIP FOUR: SELF-DISCIPLINE—STEPPING UP

Reading advice in a book about a diet for improving your health only works when reinforced with self-discipline, which, in turn, progressively develops into self-confidence.

Step up, move with purpose, as you confront each challenge—from facing a blank canvas to approaching a gallery. People who act bravely despite their fears set the agenda for what matters.

There is an overarching proviso: if you don’t have faith in your abilities, then it’s time to reevaluate your mission. Lacking confidence is one thing; self-deception is much worse.

Thursday Oct 22, 2015

Building Self-Confidence

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

TIP TREE: MIRROR OF TRUTH

Attempting to ignite a flicker of self-esteem by repeating aphorisms is akin to thinking about walking while walking—you soon become self-conscious and fall out of step. Gaze into the mirror of truth.

Do you trust your emotional intelligence, are you open to new concepts and risks, and are you undeterred by setbacks?

If you’re secretly riddled with self-doubt, acknowledge it by losing the bravado—knowing that fulfilling your dharma will one day indelibly infuse self-confidence into your psyche.

Thursday Sep 24, 2015

What Are You?

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The Buddha

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

While art is the essence of the artist’s self, it is the artist who must deftly trim the taut sails controlling his reaction to acceptance or rejection without being at the mercy of either tempest. This is self-discipline.

A seeker asked Buddha: “Are you a God?”

Buddha replied: “No.”

“Are you an Angel?”

“No.”

“Then what are you?”

“I am Awake.”

Remember, rejection is nature’s way of thinning out the herd to separate the posers from those on a mission.

Sunday Aug 16, 2015

Warmed-Over Marxism

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Cirque de Genome

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Art critic Hilton Kramer writes: “I think we’re all aware of the catastrophe—not only an aesthetic catastrophe but a moral and ethical catastrophe—that’s overtaken the art institutions and the teaching of art. One of the principal results of this catastrophe has been the transformation of the art museum in the last 30 years or so into a politically activist institution, ideologically bound to the worst new developments and leftist cultural criticism—that whole array of idiocies that goes under the name of post-modernism.

“So let me say here, there is no such thing as postmodernism, it’s all warmed-over Marxism, deconstruction, and other varieties of nihilism.

“Postmodernism is an ideological construction that allows the substitution of political, sexual, all kinds of other ideas, for esthetic standards. The museums, the art history departments, the art studio departments in the universities, the media, all have surrendered to this juggernaut.”