15 ways to get mo­ti­vated

Are you stuck in an art slump? Then it’s a good thing Mel Mil­ton’s on hand to share his ad­vice on stay­ing mo­ti­vated and be­ing pro­duc­tive

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Fol­low Mel Mil­ton’s tips for en­hanc­ing your pro­duc­tiv­ity and cre­ativ­ity lev­els.

Art has been a huge gift for me and I’m grate­ful to my past self for tak­ing the chance to pur­sue it. I didn’t try to make a ca­reer in art un­til I turned 30, and I didn’t get my foot in the door un­til I was 33.

Be­cause of what I con­sid­ered were my lim­i­ta­tions, I didn’t take this op­por­tu­nity for granted. I was pretty fear­less early on be­cause I felt as though I had noth­ing to lose. It was a tough road filled with self-doubt.

I be­lieve that a ma­jor­ity of my growth as an artist came to me not just by prac­tis­ing and learn­ing, but through analysing my mind­set dur­ing that process: look­ing at why be­ing an artist was so ap­peal­ing; where my mo­ti­va­tion and drive were com­ing from; and how that mo­ti­va­tion and drive con­tin­ues to evolve. While some of these tips may seem ba­sic, I still re­visit them to un­der­stand why they work so well for me when I’m stuck cre­atively.

These tips, in my mind, are the foun­da­tion for get­ting clear about how to mo­ti­vate your­self to cre­ate for longer pe­ri­ods and be ex­cited to do so. I hope they’re help­ful to you as much as they were for me.

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