I was on the phone last week with Jeffy from Cuttink studios. Jeffy is a dear friend and a great artist. We catch up regularly and have "art talk". I was telling him about this new project I'm really excited about. I think it's gonna be so good. I find myself daydreaming about the artwork taking my life to the "next level" (whatever that means). I fantasize about the project, think about how great it's going to be when it's done and how it's greatness will attract opportunities. All this before I even put pencil to paper. I was confused as to why I was having trouble getting the project started. Jeffy's response was perfect, "That's a lot of pressure to put on the work. How will it ever live up to that?" His humble response floored me. He was right, I can't get started if I put such high standards on the work. And not just the work itself, but what the work will do for my life.
Pretty much everybody wrestles with a desire for personal glory. We all want to look good, be praised and become successful by our efforts and talents. To shake this bout of ego, I started working in an attempt to glorify something else. Something that mesmerized, struck, surprised... something I was in awe of. It helped a lot. So be in awe. Then go and give that some glory.