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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.

Monday Jun 08, 2015

Do Not Prejudge

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Moon Series Invitation

One afternoon, I walked into a gallery in West Hollywood to see the work of another artist. After a bit of time the gallery owner looked at a few of my smaller ink pieces that I had with me. He immediately offered me a solo show.

The gallery owner wrote the following blurb that appeared on the other side of the invitation:

“Eden Maxwell’s work is a pure celebration of spontaneous creation and the marvelous potential for expression within us all.

“In Eden’s work, a single viewing is just the beginning. Over time and at different distances and angles, his artwork grows increasingly intriguing and satisfying as more complex shapes and subtle forms integrate into a seamless panorama of the humor and drama of life—an act of artistic alchemy that cannot be planned or duplicated.”

Opportunity can appear anywhere.

Saturday Apr 04, 2015

The Apple Core

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Native American

As a seasoned poker player will tell you: know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.

If you don’t posses a natural immunity to a disabling disorder, then the remedy resides in building up resistance under controlled exposure—an inoculation. Consequently, the most direct way to get around rejection is to go through it with a positive mindset along the way.

Let’s be clear, thinking positive thoughts is admirable, but it is a temporary bandage at best if you are secretly harboring doubt and fear in lieu of awareness.

What is the point of polishing an apple that is rotting from the inside out?