Your Dreams Live Outside Your Comfort Zone (Clint Watson)

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Your Dreams Live Outside Your Comfort Zone

If you want to grow and have a more exciting future, you must do something different from what you've done so far.

One painter whom I admire tremendously is Kevin Macpherson. He's a great example of someone whose art, career and life have benefited from operating "Outside the Comfort Zone." When I first met Kevin, he was already known as a very successful "Plein Air" painter from New Mexico. He related to me the story of how he had become a fine artist. He had been a very successful freelance illustrator working in Phoenix, Arizona and made a very comfortable living. Like many of us, he wanted to pursue his own creative passions and was painting in his spare time. A trip to Taos inspired him and he made the decision to buy a house, close his illustration business, move to Taos to pursue a full-time fine art career.

Overnight, he walked away from a comfortable income and the life he had built, all to pursue his dream of being a fine artist. That's getting out of the comfort zone.

Envision Your Dreams

Sit down sometime and set aside some quiet time to think about your dreams and goals. Every successful artist has thought about his or her goals at some point in their lifetime. Write your dreams and goals down. Now look at your list. The items on that list will require going outside of your comfort zone to achieve. Artists never have dreams like "work at a dull day job and paint once a month if at all." No! People's dreams make them want to travel the world, see exotic places, exhibit their works in museums, and take their personal growth and artistic mastery to unbelievable levels. You may be comfortable with your current routine, but it will not get you where you need to go.

The great thing is that as you push yourself out of the comfort zone, then your comfort zone expands.

You will find that the things that used to feel uncomfortable are now quite comfortable and, at that point, you will find your dreams and goals expanding even further outside of your "new" comfort zone. And, at that point you will have taken your first step into a much larger world.

Push Yourself to Dance at the Edge

What are some specific ways you can get out of your comfort zone?

1. Take a workshop with a master artist (preferably one who paints differently than you.)
2. Sell or Give Away Your Best Work
3. Don't Show your Bad or Even Mediocre Works
4. Commit to paint every day (experience is a function of number of paintings)
5. Have your work critiqued (by someone besides your family or friends)
6. Connect with your passion for painting
7. Stand out from the crowd, Find your voice
8. Work in a new medium
9. Take a painting trip to a new place (with someone who is better than you)

Push yourself. Fortune favors the bold brush.


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Clint Watson

BoldBrush & FASO Founder / Art Fanatic

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