Setting your goals is one thing but sticking to them is a whole other kettle of fish! I’m giving a talk at a local business networking event in a couple of weeks on Goal setting and it’s got me really thinking about the main messages I want to leave the group with and I wanted to share those thoughts with you!
Make your goals achievable.
Take into account what resources you actually have available. Time, money, support and skills have to be taken into account. If you stack unrealistic or unachievable tasks in your way all you’ll do is create a roadblock to your desired destination rather than a roadmap.
Get a cheer squad.
People who will lift you up and spur you on. People who understand and support your vision. When the going gets tough (and chances are at certain points it will) have them on speed dial! Statistically artists who are well supported have a higher chance of success than those who aren’t.
Have your arse lovingly kicked.
Artists with drive and a solid work ethic are much more likely to create a profitable and successful arts career than those who float in that right brain, creative ether. If self motivation is a problem or straying off task can scatter your energies find someone to hold you accountable to your goals and your allotted time frames. Get a sergeant major, someone to dose out a little tough love, an “accountability buddy”, a redirection service. Pay a business coach if you need. Check in weekly, fortnightly, monthly or at whatever intervals are appropriate to your goal scope and time span.
Always align with your vision.
If you are considering actioning one of your goals and they are looking really unappealing or the thought gives you that terrible sinking feeling then check back in with your vision. Is your goal aligned with your vision? Is your vision aligned with your most heartfelt desires for your creativity, business or life?
If you are considering actioning one of your goals and they are looking really unappealing or the thought gives you that terrible sinking feeling and you’ve checked back in with your vision and it totally aligns then see point 1. Make like a tiger and ROAR! Revisit, Outsource, Add Skills or Reschedule. Unlike your business vision your actionable plan is a muteable document. I don’t mean shift the goal posts willy nilly, but if something isn’t working don’t bash your head against the wall, ROAR!
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