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Artists! Simple Strategies to Achieve Your Goals

by Kathy Beekman, Art Career Coach and Professional Artist

There's a reason why most people give up on their New Year's resolutions. It's because they're big on dreams, but little on action. Just like most things in life, you shouldn't decide to undertake major life changes on a whim.

If your'e truly serious about setting yourself up with a lasting New Year's resolution, treat it like any other major life goal. State your intentions, plan out your actions, and maintain the will to follow through.

State Your Goal

When it comes to envisioning your goal, don't be afraid of dreaming too big or being too specific. During this phase you don't want to hold yourself back. The sky is truly the limit.

Then fill in the details with achievable tasks that will enable you to reach your goal. If you want to work with art consultants, specify how many and by when. If you want to cut back on spending, specify what you're going to do to make this happen.

Consider these goal setting tips:

1. Set an attainable goal. Remember that you're not superman/woman.

2. Be clear. State your goal in as few words as possible, but make your end goal clear.

3. Be honest. Ensure you're setting this goal because it's something that you want to change in yourself and not because someone else wants you to do it.

Have an Action Plan

Some people fall short simply because they failed to create an action plan. Without a plan you'll make your goal much more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.

Here are some tips for creating your action plan:

1. Break your plan into parts. If you take everything in all at once, it may seem overwhelming. You'll stop before you even begin. If you break your plan up, though, you're only looking at a bunch of mini goals. You'll already be seeing the end of the tunnel when you begin, so you'll find it easier as you complete each step.

2. Keep your mind on your goal. As you plan out each step toward your goal, keep the reason you chose this goal in mind. This is very important because it's meaningful for you.

3. Include motivation. Motivation might be the thing that gives you the most trouble. You may start out exceptionally motivated, but then tend to lose that enthusiasm as the year progresses. Remember to write certain motivations (AKA rewards) into you plan for when the chips are down.

Follow Through

Imagine how good you'll feel when you meet your goals. You're going to feel successful! Rather than being part of the masses of people who simply give up, you can be one of the few who achieve their goal.

Do whatever it takes to keep yourself pumped as you follow through. You might want to set certain reminders for yourself. For example, you can start each month be re-reading the goal you declared.

In the end, the process is quite simple. State your goal, have an action plan, and then follow through with that plan. Remember that you can do anything when your mind is in the right place and you take action to get what you want!

Which goal do you plan to reach with this simple process?

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