Saturday, March 28, 2009

Planning to Achieve Your Goals

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women
By Gail Meekin

Secret Twelve – Planning to Achieve Your Goals

Think carefully about if and how you want to share your creative work.

I have thought a great deal about sharing. I want to share my work… I felt I had to create a body of work and find my “style”. I now have a small portfolio of collage and mixed media.

I share on this blog
I share by submitting to magazines
I share by donating my pieces to non-profit organizations for their fundraising auctions
I will share in my first local exhibition on Sunday
I share on Cafepress
I share on Etsy

A goal is simply a statement of intention – a result toward which effort is directed.

My creative goals:

Redesign my website
Create an inventory of prints and Giclees on canvas
Submit my work to shops and galleries
Submit my work to companies for licensing

Most people let the day overwhelm them and then end up with no time left to work on their goals. Only you can change this dynamic – no one else will do it for you. Watch out what you agree to do in your life and see if you need to make any changes to free up more time.

I think being a part of this group and reading this book has really helped me in this area. I have had to find time to read this book, blog about it and realize that many of the things that do get in the way are also choices that I have made. I have forgiven myself that I have not posted exactly on Fridays, but when it fit in my schedule. I find I sometimes have a 1 ½ hours here and then 45 minutes there. I am accepting the fact that at this time in my life this is how my days look. I am learning to maximize my creative time in short segments. I realize that it will not always be that way. Right now it is. I am okay with it.

Procrastination is often indecision.

I really liked that sentence. It clarifies that we are not bad because we have procrastinated, but perhaps we just can’t make up our minds which way to go, or what to do first. I watched a special with Ellen Degeneres this past week and she had a wonderful skit on procrastination. I love her humor. Eventually it will all get done… it always does, at least the important things do. I think it is perhaps more about indecision, mixed up priorities and timing.

Don’t be afraid to claim your dreams and experiment with your creative style.

I feel that I am moving one step closer to my dream every day while also living my dream every day. I will not get caught again in the thinking that we can’t enjoy our life until we reach this goal or that goal. Life is happening today. Our dreams are happening today. I am trying to find happiness in each day, balance in each day while truly living each day…

Thank you to all who have visited my blog because of the 12 Secrets. I have truly enjoyed being a part of this creative group!


titania said...

I am so with you in your words- thank you also for sharing and acompanying along this precious short way. Hope we'll meet on another journey too
blessings Titania

Beverley Baird said...

Thanks for this very powerful blog - especially the final paragraph. You are so right - we get caught up in the little details and leave our dreams to the last and then have no time. Living in the moment and living your dream - great advice.

LissaL said...

Beverly is right on.Wonderful post. It has been a pleasure getting to know you through the 12 secrets.

Lisa PN said...

thank you for the last paragraph. So brilliant. So clear. Creation is in the now, not in the future, and not in the past! Amen!

Thank you for sharing during the past 12 weeks! Hope to keep in touch!


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