Feel free to underline any that currently apply to you.
1. Constantly compare yourself to other artists. You're guaranteed to feel miserable within 5 minutes.
2. Talk to your family about what you do and expect them to cheer you on. Cheer you on? They don't even understand what it is you do!
3. Base the success of your entire career on one product. Oh, right. Good idea. And if it flops, you can quit. Better to quit now, before you feel miserable.
4. Stick with what you know. Great way to complete #3.
5. Undervalue your expertise. What do you mean you're just a housewife? Domestic engineers have expertise in more areas than most men.
6. Let money dictate what you do. Forget being an artist if that's your goal.
7. Bow to societal pressures. This will make you a success at being miserable.
8. Only do work that your family would love. Ha! My family would love an adventure novel, only I don't have an adventurous bone in my body. Guess that won't work. Does that mean I fail at being miserable? Oh dear.
9. Do whatever the client/customer/gallery owner/patron/investor/publisher/ asks. But...but...but
10. Set unachievable/overwhelming goals. To be accomplished by tomorrow. Ahh, procrastination, the cousin of failure. An overwhelming goal is as bad as no goals. Either will make you a whining, miserable blob of psychoses.