Break your goals into these 7 steps to achieve them this year
As a creative entrepreneur, it can be difficult to achieve the long list of goals you set for yourself, no matter how enthusiastically you approach them. But for sure there is no greater feeling in life than accomplishing something you’ve set out to do.
Creating some big goals is about getting real with your art. It’s about setting yourself up for success and making a solid plan to get there.
It’s a great process to go through every 6-12 months and it all starts with some big picture thinking.
So, here are 7 ways to get you going on the right path and achieving the creative goals you are dreaming of as a creative.
7 Steps To Achieve Your Creative Goals
1. Make A Plan
First, consider what you want to achieve, and then commit to it. An action plan is the road map you can follow that will get you to your goal. This will help ensure you don’t miss any important steps. It’s not enough to have a goal. You need an action plan to accomplish it, too. This is where many people fail. They set goals but don’t follow up. When this happens, big goals seem overwhelming, and you’re more likely to give up. So an action plan should include the overall goal you’re trying to meet and all the steps you need to take to get there.
2. Write It Down
Writing down your goals helps you to crystallize your thinking. In order to eventuate the goal, you have to plan your attack. Write your goals down and schedule dates for their completion and evaluation. This can be the key to success, as writing down your goals will position you as the creator. When you write your goals down, they become real and tangible instead of a vague idea that resides only in your mind. When goals are written down you are more likely to intellectually engage and emotionally connect with the result of the goal you want to achieve.
3. Break It Down
Anyone can create a goal, but you need a realistic plan to carry it out to a successful end. By chunking your goals down into smaller steps, you’ll feel like you’re actually making progress, keeping you motivated for the long haul. All you have to do is take one baby step at a time. And there’s nothing that you can not do. If you start to feel overwhelmed, break everything down. Not just in terms of time but action points too. Specifically outlining what you want to achieve, when and by what means will make your goals feel much more attainable.
4. Create A Deadline
Deadlines keep you accountable for your goals. If your goal is a larger, more complicated challenge, break it down into smaller steps and determine a deadline for each separate step. Put these important dates into your diary or computerized planner. Your deadlines need to set you up for success—they must be strategic. Strategic deadlines are designed to help you move closer to your goals every day. Because instead of just taking your time and thinking you have enough time to achieve that goal, you will be more disciplined because you know you have until a certain date to accomplish it.
5. Take Action
It is important not to procrastinate. If you want to achieve your goals, you need to shift from dreaming to doing. Goals aren’t going to achieve themselves. Once you’ve got a clear plan of how you want to achieve your goals, it’s time to get proactive. The moment when real action is required is often when many goals fall by the wayside. You don’t need to wait until everything is just right. Get started now and make adjustments as you go along. Take that first step. You have to have momentum going and you should ideally be taking an action every day to bring you one step closer to the achievement of your goal.
6. Be Accountable
When you hold yourself accountable to your goals, you are communicating to the universe that the goal is a priority. Keep yourself accountable by sharing your goals with a friend. If it’s a group goal, have your team share their goals with another team. Another reason accountability works is because it can motivate you to save face. On the other hand, if you pick the right type of accountability partner, they will actually encourage you when the going gets tough. Everyone needs a cheerleader sometimes to remind you of your potential for greatness.
7. Celebrate your wins
You don’t have to dismiss your current success in order to realize your future goals. Celebrating your wins is an important step in ensuring long-term motivation. But celebrating your achievements can also reinforce the behavior to show up and face new challenges and reduce anxiety around new opportunities in the future. So essentially, celebrating your small wins can help you feel more confident!
The simple act of celebrating yourself can help you build resilience, optimism, self-belief, and keep up motivation along your journey to reaching your dreams.
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Written By: Akanksha Verma
Paintings representing feelings of connection, expansion and growth with Fernanda Martinez: Artist Spotlight