Today I want to communicate more wisdom garnered from Optimize.me in hopes that it will help you be a more productive and actualized artist.
This is from The Power of Decision by Raymond Charles Barker.
(Not to be confused with Charles Barkley the NBA athlete.)
“The greatest creative minds, producing masterpieces in art, literature, dance, music, and the sciences, have never been satisfied with their works. Never judge yourself by what you have done. Judge yourself in terms of what you will do. You are not the past. You are the present becoming the future.”
I also love this quote from Nathaniel Branden and his book Six Pillars of Self-Esteem.
“Self-esteem contemplates what needs to be done and says, ‘I can.’ Pride contemplates what has been accomplished and says, ‘I did.’”
We are all in this process of becoming.
Every single day we strive to be a little bit better in some way than we were yesterday.
None of us are born complete.
We do not have a set amount of talent or ability, we have full control over our lives and can shape, grow, learn and expand into better versions every single day.
Here is the question.
Who are you becoming?
What kind of life are you excited about creating for yourself?
These are not easy questions to answer for most of us.
It takes time to find your “why” and make is so significant that no matter what challenge arise your “why” pulls you forward into your the next evolution of yourself.
First lets recognize who we are now and have compassion for our failings, knowledge of our strengths, pride for what we’ve accomplished and agency to know that we have what it takes to move forward toward the next best version of ourselves.
Look forward to your future, don’t stay locked in the past, you are the present becoming future.