Nature Journal Class: Unlock Your Potential!

Do you think you can’t draw? Is your perfectionism a problem? Do you procrastinate when you really want to be nature journaling? If so, this nature journal class can help you. Over several years I have been developing and testing psychological strategies to help you achieve your nature journaling goals, learn faster, and feel better about your awesome self. Are you ready to unlock your potential?

Because I have been teaching nature journaling classes for five years I have seen how people learn and grow. In addition, I have seen the obstacles that people face that prevent them from reaching their goals. I have dealt with these challenges myself. That is why I developed this nature journal workshop. Of all the things that I teach these are the most valuable lessons that I can share with you.

Outline for “Nature Journal Class: Unlock Your Potential!”

  • Your mindset has a disproportionate impact on your achievement, enjoyment, and improvement in the nature sketching, art, and nature journaling.

Nature Journal Class Graph Showing Importance of Mindset

  • Unfortunately, there are many problems that can affect your mindset and we are not well-trained to notice or deal with these problems. Because these problems are internal it can be hard to recognize them in ourselves and we often develop stories that blame our problems on external factors.

Common Mindset Problems for Artists and Nature Journalers:

  1. Perfectionism
  2. Procrastination
  3. Negative Self-Talk
  4. Dependence on Praise
  5. Sensitivity to Feedback
  6. Lack of Focus
  7. Fear of Failure
  8. Artistic Ruts or “Writer’s Block”
  9. In addition to “Writer’s Block” is Fear of the Blank Canvas
  10. Lack of Time
  11. Other Responsibilities and Excuses
  12. Limiting Beliefs
  13. Comparison to “better artists”
  14. Lack of Self-Discipline
  15. And finally, Diva Syndrome
  16. Actually, there are a lot more…

Graphic of mindset problems for nature journal class

Because there are so many problems and because they are hard to see it is easier for us to externalize our challenges. By thinking things such as ” I will be able to nature journal better once I buy that new pencil” or “I need a more interesting subject to inspire me” we create limiting beliefs. As a result we have a limiting belief and our original problem which is now even harder to daylight.

So what can we do about this situation?!

In preparation for this nature journal class about mindset I spent months collecting a list of common mindset problems from artists and nature journalers. Then I tried to figure out solutions for all these problems. I have developed specific solutions for some of them such as my procrastination cocktail, but I think it is better to treat the root problems. Luckily, there are only a few root problems.

Root Problems for Artists and Nature Journalers

  1. Outcome Dependence:
  2. Lack Of Intentionality:
  3. Lack of Self Awareness:

Don’t worry. You can overcome all of these root problems and by working on them you can unlock your true potential. However, it’s not gonna be easy. But, the benefits will spill over into other aspects of your life. After much thought, I have summarized the ways to strengthen your nature journaling mindset through 5 major keys that I teach in this nature journal class.

The Five Mindset Keys covered in this Nature Journal Class

  1. Self Awareness
  2. Intentionality
  3. Feedback Loops
  4. Fuel
  5. Focus on Practice

If you want to learn some specific strategies to develop a stronger mindset be sure to watch the whole nature journal course on video. In the video I provide exercises to help you build self awareness and intentionality. In addition I give you a powerful tool to help fight negative self talk. Check out the full nature journal class here.

 

 

A Year Begins and Ends: So Does Your Life–That’s A Good Thing

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on the finitude of your life. Mortality is a good thing and in this video I show an exercise that can help you use the awareness of own mortality to improve yourself.

Wanting to BE good at something gets in the way of BECOMING good at something

Here is a short examination of a pitfall when learning any new skill. With a few easy exercises in your journal and a couple of useful resources you will be better prepared to deal with this common trap.

Our culture mostly values having skills while it mostly ignores the process of learning skills. The slow, repetitive, and often painful learning process of the beginner  is not as sexy as the virtuostic performance of the master.

To become great at anything you most learn to love the slow, repetitive, practice. You must learn to reframe the nervousness, the discomfort, and the uncertainty as excitement, challenge, and opportunity.

Stop Procrastinating!

I was so excited to share these two resources that I had to make a video about it right away. If they can help me with my procrastination and motivation issues I think they can help you too! Keep them on hand. More energy than coffee.

New videos every Friday, at the least. Depending on how much I procrastinate.