It’s 5:30 am and I think I got about 4 hours of sleep if you discount all the times I woke up to look at my clock… don’t you hate that? (Do you do that too?)  I’m heading back to Salt Lake City for a two day mastermind – part of a 6 month program I’ve signed up for with Tiffany Peterson to work on my business.

She held the event – Elevation – that I went to back in September.  I loved her approach – you have to have the MINDSET and the SKILL SET for SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS.  Her approach and experience and just her as a person spoke to my very core…

I’ve been doing what I do for years.  I’ve been licensing my art for over 10 years.  I’ve been teaching about it for over 5 years… I’ve created systems, I listen, I learn and I adapt…

But it is probably pretty accurate to say that I’ve built myself a bit of a hamster wheel that I’ve been happily running around.

Do this, this and this.  Contact him, her and them.  Go to this show, that show and have breakfast with her.  You get into a routine.

Routines are ok, don’t get me wrong.  But if you want to change and grow and expand, you have to question your routines sometimes.  That can be SCARY!  I can’t tell you how many times in the last month, as I’ve been shaking things up, my brain and body have fought back and said NO!  What you do now is fine… it’s comfortable… GO BACK.

But as Brene Brown says in Daring Greatly [affiliate link], you can’t be both COMFORTABLE and COURAGEOUS at the same time.  And without being courageous, not much will change.

At Elevation Tiffany kept asking us “Are you willing to be uncomfortable?”  If we are, we can make big changes that will take our businesses and our lives to new levels.  But we have to be brave, fight through the fear, and get up really early in the morning to go to Salt Lake City 3 times in the next 6 months to work in person with her and others who are willing to get really real, and really uncomfortable together.

If you want to be comfortable and have it easy, I don’t think art licensing will ever be for you.  It’s not always easy to run your own business, wonder what those royalty checks will be, what art will resonate with manufacturers, retailers and consumers…

I’m heading out.  Send good vibes because I can guarantee I’m going to feel some serious discomfort over the next few days.  But I’m committed to looking at “my stuff” – my beliefs, my systems, my way of doing things – with the help of others, to take things to the next level.

No matter what level you are at, there is a previous, the same and the next level.  Wherever you decide to go or stay is fine – but if you decide to take it up a notch, just know it’s going to be uncomfortable but I believe it will be worth it in the end!

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

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