"I'm so tired of struggling when I try something new – I'm trying to do something simple, but I just can't make the darn thing work!"
Oh goodness. I know exactly how you feel! So many times, I've been right
where you are, wishing I could snap my fingers and *poof*, instantly
master a new tool or technique and start producing fantastic results
in no time. Unfortunately, it doesn't usually work that way.
That's why I'm so excited about sharing this special secret. I
just know that you'll be able to put it to use IMMEDIATELY – and get
back to having the fun in your creative life that you deserve – and learn to love that wonderful machine you brought into your studio. And what's not to love about that?
Believe it or not, it's unfortunately true. As I traveled to trade shows, guild
meetings and classes over the past few years, I have asked literally
hundreds of people what holds them back from mastering a tool or
technique. And over 90% of them say the same thing, "I just don't stick
with it long enough" or "I'm too easily distracted by something new."
As quilters, painters, artists and crafters, we tend to learn
something new, do a couple of projects, and then set it aside and move on to the next new and exciting tool or technique.
The most obvious reason for this is simple: As a creative
person, you are blessed with an abundance of curiosity and willingness
to explore new things. But you may lack the patience and persistence to
keep going back to the well with the same tools and techniques to see
"what else" you can create from them.
Unfortunately, this short attention span and the tendency to
move on to the next thing can lead to feeling guilty and getting down
on yourself as you think "I can't believe I bought all this stuff and
now it's just taking up space in my studio!" or "Why do I think I'll learn to use this one when I've never mastered any of the
other stuff I've bought?"
As a teacher, here's what I've learned that keeps creative people stuck. Ask yourself if any of these have stopped you before: