Self Compassion

One of the best practices we can have to keep our motivation high is self compassion. Be your own teammate not competitor.

This is an idea from Dan Millman and his book Body Mind Mastery.

I love this idea because as an artist that practices daily I “screw up” a lot. If I beat myself up every time I screwed up a drawing or painting I wouldn’t be typing to you now and on my 2885th day of consecutive art days.

“If babies held the same tendency toward self-criticism as adults, they might never learn to walk or talk. Can you imagine infants stomping, ‘Aarggh! Screwed up again!’ Fortunately, babies are free of self-criticism. They just keep practicing.”

Dan Millman

Most of us probably wouldn’t have walked until we were much older if we criticized ourselves from birth. How can we be more like babies and go through life with joy, playfulness and curiosity? So that when we inevitably fall down, we laugh, brush ourselves off, learn from it and keep moving forward.

“So be gentle with yourself; show yourself the same kindness and patience you might show a young child—the child you once were. If you won’t be your own friend, who will be? If, when playing an opponent, you are also opposing yourself, you will be outnumbered… You probably would find it cruel and unnecessary to say to someone, ‘You are really stupid; you keep making the same mistakes; you should give up; you’ll never be any good!’ Yet we think it’s okay to say the same things to ourselves.”

Dan Millman

I love this! Don’t outnumber yourself by being your own competitor. We want to be our best ally and friend cheering ourselves on after each bad drawing or painting. Because let’s face it, only we are going to know when we actually mess up something. Who else is going to give us encouragement when we need it?

Are you criticizing yourself more than you should?

See that we are all human and these experiences are universal. You have your unique qualities of course, but we’ve all been self criticizing one time or another.

How can you criticize yourself less, see the opportunities in your experience and practice a little more self compassion today?

Fandom Fitness Drawing

I didn’t work too much on Snape this morning. Photoshop is giving me some trouble. So I’m using it as a learning opportunity and going to make a plan to move away from my reliance on Photoshop a bit.

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What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Lots of challenges this morning with technology but because I had such great sleep last night I”m dealing with it well and not getting upset.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Stay on task today regardless of the upcoming awesomeness!

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

I have a movement timer that goes off every 20 minutes, that is perfect for checking on what is most important throughout the day.

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