I have now hit this point in my experience. In my earlier blog post, "Why Does Progress Feel Like Failure?", I explained that I was approaching art in the wrong mindset but it felt like I was losing confidence in my ability as an artist. I was going through a, "the more you know, the more you know that you don't know" experience. And at some point, my confidence kicked back up. I knew I wasn't the most talented artist, but I know that I was on the right path.
Well, now I know that I can get there.
What does this mean? Well, now I'm at the "inflection point" in my confidence/knowledge as an artist. This means that even though I am an amateur artist, I now know that I will improve into a professional. I don't know long that it takes, but I know I can do it, and I won't be losing faith in myself again.
Why won't I lose faith in myself?
Because I have started to see a repetition in improvement. There is something that bothers me/feels wrong about a piece... and then after I practice enough pieces, I have an 'aha!' moment and learn what it was that I wasn't grasping before. And now I make better work, and set myself up for another 'aha!' moment. This has happened so many times that I now know it will just be a part of the rest of my art journey.
And that is the 'Inflection Point.' As the great Dory says, just keep swimming.