What is a “trompe l’esprit”, and how can you apply it to your business?

Before I explain to you what a trompe l’esprit™ is, firstly let us explain what a trompe l’oeil is…

Trompe l’oel (French for deceive the eye) is an art technique involving realistic painting imagery in order to create the optical illusion that depicted objects appear in three dimensions.

The trompe l’oeil technique was widely used in the past, and was particularly popular in the Baroque period.

So, what about trompe l’esprit™?

In the same way that we use the trompe l’oeil technique to deceive our eye, we can use the trompe l’esprit™ technique with our mind too.


Trompe l’esprit™ (Trick the mind or deceive the mind)–  is one of ArtSHINE technique that we show to our clients how  to trick one mind so that we are not procrastinating. Instead it helps us to take action and do the tasks that are really matters to us. It is a way to empower our mind  to move forward to accomplish  tasks and achieve our goals. Let us demonstrate one of the example how you can trick your mind so as speak.

Just say from you list of things to do, you have several little jobs which are related to the same project, what you can do is to group all to one job and proceed with these tasks first. Because the tasks are related which mean you can execute them altogether and save time too. However, even though you have left other big tasks to do later, psychologically it feels as if you have less to do when the list isn’t so long.  At ArtSHINE we refer it to “Trompe l’esprit”, we got the inspiration from Trompe l’oel. All you did was to trick you mind and free your anxiety. This in turn will give you a feeling that you have accomplished something. 

Sometimes  we need to use the power of Trompe l’esprit  to boost our spirit , as you know no one can force you to do anything if you don’t want to do it, the willingness to do something is come from your mind as the saying “you have made up your mind or you have changed your mind” . Our mind is powerful  it can encourage us to pursue success or  delay us from reaching it. So always find real purpose in what you do, everything we do must have purpose or we will delay or procrastinate.

Do you have a trompe l’esprit that you want to share?

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Vinh Van Lam
the authorVinh Van Lam
Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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