I've been reading about goals a lot lately, and listening to podcasts on the same subject. Here's the thing, it is one thing to set a goal, especially a large inspirational goal. But without action, those goals will only taunt you. The action doesn't have to be huge, but it does need to be consistent.
Let me give you an example. One of my objectives for 2019 is to take better care of myself. So I've set goals around that--sleep more, take a day off every week (or try to), lose 30 pounds.
Now, losing 30 pounds is a big goal. It will happen one step at a time. But here's the thing--I need to consistently take actions towards that goal every day if I want to pull it off. Make good food choices. Move. Drink water. Leaning forward and taking small actions will get me to my goal. Or not, but I'll be closer than if I didn't take those small, daily actions.
The same goes for your artistic path. You should set goals for yourself and your career that feel large and audacious. And every day you should take action towards those goals. If you've set the goals before and haven't gotten there, or you have no idea what action steps to take, I'm going to suggest you add to your professional toolkit, learn new skills, and start putting them into action.
As an artist, that prompt likely gives you ideas. Classes. A coach. New materials to work on. But I've got another idea for you.
Add to your business skills. Learn how to budget. Work on your website. Create a mailing list. Break down these actions into smaller ones, and keep moving forward.
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However you decide to move forward, I want to encourage you to set a goal, and then take daily steps, however small they may feel, to move forward.
The world needs you to do your work.
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