The majority of people consider that artists are these eccentric dreamers whose lives are chaotic at best, neurotic at worst. While there is some truth to it, there are artists out there who manage lead lives that are creative and exciting, while remaining balanced and peaceful. On the other hand, there are artists who simply cannot cope with the pressure of life as an artist. It does not matter whether you are a writer, an illustrator, a musician or a painter, the pressure can get to you just as it can get to anyone, and suddenly, being an artist is not so glamorous anymore. On the other hand, you cannot imagine being anything other than an artist, and that is when all sorts of psychological problems occur, from anxiety disorder to neurotic episodes.
Life coaches are not psychiatrists, but they can be of great help to artists who struggle maintaining balance in their lives. Below, we have presented several benefits you get from hiring the best life coach for yourself personally, and for your career as an artist. Life coaches help people in many different areas of life, which is often the greatest challenge for every artist.
1. Kick-start your career
Of course, before you hire a life coach, you should look for testimonials, experiences, and make sure that the life coach has experience in your niche. Many life coaches specialize in working with artists. As such, they will have the right tools to help you with your personal problems, fears, and setbacks. Moreover, they will also have the right methods to help you start, or if you have already started your career, improve upon it. Remember, you do not need to hire a life coach on an ongoing basis for an undetermined period. You need help getting back on track, and if the life coach has not successfully helped you do so in six to twelve months, then you should consider hiring someone else.
2. Create balance
If you are an artist, chances are you work from home and have a hard time distinguishing and separating life from work and vice versa. This is not a surprise, since an artist’s art comes out from within, and life will always affect and intertwine with your work. However, if you find yourself facing deadlines that you will not be able to meet, if you find that personal problems and relationships affect and prevent you from working and creating art, then you need a life coach to help you create a balance between your art and your life. Of course, many people think artists create their best work under pressure and duress, but many writers and painters often bust that myth by sharing how harmony and balance make them better at their craft overall. Meanwhile, chaos might be good for artistic surges and incredible masterpieces, constant chaos will drive anyone past their limit, regardless of whether they are an artist or not.
3. Increase focus
It is an unpleasant fact that many artists do not have daily schedules where they plan and complete all of their tasks. Often, they would work odd hours, or not work at all, which can lead to living an unhealthy lifestyle that can cause harm in the end. One of the reasons why this happens is because artists rarely have bosses and superiors to tell them what to do and when to do it. Artists do not have schedules to follow because they can work whenever they feel like it. However, a life coach can help in creating a schedule for the artist, and make sure that the artist keeps to it. In a way, an artist can hire a life coach who will serve as their superior and force them to keep to a working schedule until it has become a habit.
4. Step out of your comfort zone
Most of the people who hire a life coach know that they are ready for a change in their lives. A life coach will help you look deep within yourself and discover all of your fears, setbacks and psychological scars that are keeping you from living a peaceful life. With the help of a life coach, you can face all of your fears and step out of your comfort zone to embrace new experiences, opportunities and expand your horizons and ways of perceiving the world around you. You will learn that you do not need to live a chaotic life to create magnificent art and that peace and harmony can be just as powerful in unlocking hitherto unknown facets of your own creativity. You will begin to look at your own art in a different way, and you will grow both as a person and as an artist. Often, stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary and daunting, but it will fill your life with new excitement while helping you get back on track and live at peace with your own self.
5. Gain constructive feedback
When it comes to art, there are different types of feedback. Some people will offer negative remarks without any positive comment, while friends and family will always offer biased feedback. Even if they are not supportive of your lifestyle and life as an artist, they will probably praise your art without pointing out which areas you could improve upon. As such, you would need to get a life coach who has experience in your own niche. The life coach can and will provide you with constructive feedback on your art. Ideally, they would praise you for what you have done right, and they will point out what you need to work on. They will offer constructive advice and direct you in the right path on how to improve yourself as an artist. Your life coach will help you discover whether you need to go school or not, and if you do, they will know which would be the right school for you to attend.
Before you decide to hire a life coach, it is imperative that you look deep within yourself and discover your own needs. If you struggle with self-discipline, if you allow personal problems to invade your work or prevent you from working, and if you are unhappy about your career as an artist and your life in general, you probably do need a life coach. A life coach can change your life, make you improve your lifestyle and make your career shine, but in the end, you need to be ready to embrace all the changes that the life coach will instill upon you. Otherwise, you will only put yourself under more pressure than before, and you would not get any of the benefits of hiring a life coach.