Your Creative Goals in 2018

06-promos-for-artistsWe are writing this shortly before the New Year. Chances are some of you are thinking about the New Year and maybe even making resolutions in regards to your creative pursuits.

They say that the way to stay true to your resolutions is not through willpower but rather to be grateful for what you have. Apparently this leads to better results.

Regardless of how you are approaching your resolutions, you may be worried that you will not stick to the projects you wish to accomplish in the New Year. Consider the possibility that you are focused on the wrong resolutions.

One of the indicators that you may be pursuing the wrong goals is that they are very general without steps known to achieve them. Goals must be specific with actionable steps. This is especially true of creative goals.

Another kind of unhelpful resolution are those that are off target. Off target in that they don’t actually match where we are in our creative development or as developers of creative output. These kinds of resolutions have us jumping way ahead or jumping sideways regarding our goals. Wrong¬†resolutions waste time and come with a cost.

Whereas right resolutions keep us on target and smarter. They make us feel better about ourselves because we can actually follow them.

But how do you distinguish the difference between right and wrong resolutions? For starters, you might want to pick one important way to be more productive.

In some ways it comes down to time management – working 15 to 30 minutes a day on a particular goal. This is the logic behind our Art Gush project approach. Step by step goals daily at the rate of only 3 steps a day.

You an also set things such as writing regularly in small incriments of daily word counts.

Something else to consider is picking an important skill in your art form that you need to master. What skill in your craft is important but you have been putting it off?

Or to get even more specific, which of your projects is doable? The key concept here is selecting one that is achievable. Achievable means that you can do it if you put your time and energy into it. Achievable for you is where you are in your creative development.

What project is achievable for you, now? You want to pick resolutions that are closely customized to you. Become a sharper creative.