Shortly after dusk, the sky began to clear revealing a tiny waxing crescent moon. In what had been a hectic but pleasant day, I actually paused to admire such a beautiful sight in sky. A new beginning….
It seems that the New Year is an appropriate time to discuss setting goals. I took a class in sales eons ago before I started my graphics business. One of the things that I learned was that if you plan to achieve goals they need to be S.M.A.R.T. goals:
- Specific – What it is you want to achieve in detail
- Measurable – Set a deadline for when the goal should be achieved. If it is a big goal, you might want to break it up into smaller, more manageable parts
- Achievable – You are prepared to do what is required to attain your objective
- Realistic -Make sure you set goals that are realistic for you. To fail to be realistic is setting yourself up to fail unnecessarily
- Tangeable – There is an end product that you can clearly touch or experience
Last year, one of my main goals was to set goals instead of expectations… and I think I came a long way with that. This time last year, I was terrified of what to do with the show. It took some time, but I forgot about the show and started painting, rediscovered a passion and accomplished things I would have considered next to impossible the year before. I learned about myself, about the business of art and I met a lot of people through the experience of blogging. To maintain the blog was a specific goal for the show that has, happily, become part of a larger picture. I cleaned house of the things that were no longer working for me – at first with intensity and later with gentle release….
So what do I set as goals for 2009? Here is a general list (in no particular order!):
- Experiment, try new techniques, new materials and mediums
- Finalize my marketing plan and implement it
- Plan and implement a new way to make my website and blog more valuable to my readers.
- Do something innovative – something never done before or done in a completely new way
- Spend more time focusing on my art ‘clan’
- Travel a little further afield and find more stories and places and practice my photography
- Spend more time drawing and writing
- Read more poetry and classical literature
- Share as much as I can about what I learn with others
- Shorten the time it takes to finish a painting – I need to stop my hesitation. “Squint–Observe–Select–Aim–Stroke”(Dianne Mize) Thanks Dianne!!
- Enjoy every minute I can get with my friends and family – of course!
- Explore the Spirit within
- Have more FUN
My list above is pretty general and doesn’t include the details but if you are writing your own make sure you have them. In my journal I have my detailed marketing plan; a book list; some workshops and their dates for trying new painting techniques; a new sketchbook and the fancy pouch that I made for it (below); and I will share both my ideas and my progress from time to time as the year unfolds.
I cannot wait to get started. The process of setting goals can be very motivating! I wish everyone the best of luck with your goals for 2009 and Happy New Year!