Do you have a vision?

“Without a vision the people shall perish.” – Proverbs 29:18

More importantly, do you have a vision that’s greater than yourself?

Artists sometimes come to me with the problem of lacking motivation. Last week I talked about one solution to this problem. That was to know WHO you’re doing it for. In that conversation the example I gave was me creating, teaching, and building my business for my younger 12-year-old self. (You can go back and read that too because it’s powerful.)

I find that as compelling as that concept is though, it doesn’t always cut the mustard. 

Because self-doubt and apathy are such creativity killers, you’re gonna need an arsenal of even stronger weapons to fight them off. So here’s your next weapon art warrior! 

It’s having a vision greater than yourself. 

It took me years to connect to this greater vision. To even want to acknowledge it or begin to embrace it. Because who am I? I’m not that important. I can’t possibly impact anyone really with my art. It doesn’t make that big of a difference. Maybe you too can relate to this sentiment? 

But my friend, I’m here to tell you that it can and if you allow it to – it does. 

Once you embrace a vision that goes beyond yourself you will NEVER lack motivation.

That’s a pretty bold statement. 

But it’s the truth and we all know what they say about truth…. it brings freedom. 

So what’s your vision? Who are you doing this for? 

How can you making your art and following your dreams and supporting artists impact your family- your daughters, your nieces, your nephews, your grandchildren, your husband. 

What dreams might you awaken in them? Could you be an example to them? Could you positively change the course of their lives by challenging yourself to grow and create no matter what age you are? 

I’m gettin’ goosebumps just writing that! The answer is YES!

Does your vision involve impacting your neighborhood, community, city, state, country, or THE WORLD? 

Who can benefit from you creating, following your dreams of beauty, and putting yourself out there? Your friends, your tribe, clubs, groups, museums, organizations, schools, other artists? Women artists, male artists, old artists, young artists? Who is it? The more the merrier! 

I know this is a lot of questions. But you need to ask the right questions if you want to overcome lack of drive and determination and rid yourself of self-doubt. I don’t wake up with any of these anymore. You know why? Because I’ve asked these questions and my vision is far greater than myself and involves impacting the lives of artists all over the world. So my motivation tank is never empty. But I didn’t start there. My vision has grown, deepened, and evolved over the years. 

So start where you are, but my goodness start by finding a vision that’s outside of yourself and those four walls you call your home. 

Because you’re worth that! You have something powerful and wonderful inside of you to give to others. You just have to START! 

Now I’d love to hear from you. Did this conversation stir your heart and mind? Let me know. And let me know who you’re doing it for beyond yourself. 

Love in Light, Kelli

4 thoughts on “Do you have a vision?

  1. Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your father, my heart goes out to you and your family <3 You are on the right track of posting visual affirmations in your studio to lift and encourage yourself and your creative spirit. I'm so proud of you for choosing to take positive action in such an emotional time. Sending you lots of love and healing energy. Remember to pour those emotions onto the canvas to help free yourself from any self-doubt and grief <3

  2. Kelli,
    Thank you for these powerful words. They have wrapped themselves around my heart. My Father passed away this last Fall and I have fallen into so much self doubt at levels I have never seen in myself. I am making quote cards to put up in my studio today to meditate on and encourage myself.
    Thank you for your words and being real !!!
    Susan XOXO

  3. This was very interesting. You’ve given a lot of things to think about as a solution to the issues of apathy and lack of drive. Your ideas are encouraging..


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