There are a lot of things I’ve learned over the years about goals. I like thinking about and setting goals because something about that process makes me feel productive and inspired. BUT, I also set goals that are way too ambitious, and I often achieve things that I didn’t set out to do. Things that are nowhere near any goal that I have set, but opportunities come up, things change, and I’m somewhere new.
What should be the point of setting goals? Even now I look back at the goals I set for last year and I think, well, I achieved 1 out of 6 goals. Does that make me a failure or did I waste my time creating goals in the first place? The process looks different for everyone, but here are 3 elements I make part of my goal setting every year.
1. I make 3 Creative Goals
These are things only related to art making. For example, if there is a specific new skill I want to learn or class I want to take, that would be a creative goal.
2. I make 3 Business Goals
These are goals more related to how I want to sell my work. How many pieces or much I want to make. It might also be to research more about a business area that I’m lacking in, (which let’s be real - that’s all areas), or people I want to network with.
3. I make Quarterly Goals based off of my Creative and Business Goals
This is the ‘how’ part of my goal making. This is the longest part of my goal setting but because I can get more detailed it helps me to achieve my more broad goals. Let’s say there is a painting that I started but I know I need to finish it for a sale I want to run in Feb. I would make a goal in the first quarter to finish that piece by Jan 20th. For a business quarterly goal I would say something like, I specifically want to reach out to this person for advice about XYZ.
A lot of thinking goes into this process but I have found that it helps me stay focused on what I really want to do. Sometimes it’s easy to think that we want to do everything. Unfortunately that isn’t always the reality, (I’m constantly telling myself this because I’m totally that person that will start 20 things only to realize I can do 3 of them).
I’m not an expert and there are so many people that have great advice for creating goals for yourself, including not setting any at all. You have to do what works best for you.
Flexibility is the key.
Recognizing opportunities as they come is key.
Allowing yourself to fail is also key.
Enjoy whatever process works for you. If nothing else, take time to look back and make a list of all the things you have achieved the past year and you might be surprised, I know I always am.
Happy New Year, and I wish you all the happiness and success you desire for 2023!
Oh Hey! it's me, Amy
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