- Challenged ourselves with bigger goals.
- Organized and made sure we had well rounded goals for our mind, body, spirit and career.
- Taken the time to make our goals tangible and keep ourselves accountable.
- Found a goal setting partner.
The last bit in my goal setting process is staying positive and regularly visualizing archiving each goal.
The Law of Attraction, Visualizing and The Secret are a few things that have been in vogue for a while now. However, I think a main concept of that advice has been lost to many, visualizing will mean nothing without action.
In the goal setting process we created, we negated that by writing our action steps first in order not to get lost in wishful thinking.
Being positive and inundating yourself with positive reinforcement is paramount to keeping yourself motivated to achieve all that you want this year. Make a Pinterest board with things you want, positive quotes, people you admire, places you want to see, even people you want to emulate. Make this the place you go to escape all the negative energy in your life and avoid all the naysayers that will inevitably show up and distract you from your goals.
I always use Picasso as an example, if he didn't believe in himself, no one else would have. The same is true for you, if you don't put in the time, energy and sacrifice needed to make yourself better no one else will.
It will be hard, it will be challenging and at times you'll want to quit; I'm here to tell you to embrace these moments, this will be the time where you'll have the greatest chance to learn exactly what you're made of and just how bad you want to archive your goals. You'll grow a thicker skin, you'll become more determined and you'll achieve greater things.
We cannot learn from success. We absolutely cannot learn from success, because success is something that has to be built, success is something that has to be achieved. We can only learn from our failures and one day become successful because of them.
Think about that. The real value to our future success is our current and past failures. Life is the great equalizer, we all start at level zero, and everyday we have to figure out a way to get to that next level.
I can't tell you the amount of people that I meet who get stuck on one level and most likely never figure out how to grow, how to overcome a plateau, because they want to blame anyone and everything for their failures instead of looking at themselves and asking "What can I do to change my situation?"
Something else I see creatives do all the time especially in photography is practice. I meet photographers all the time who tell me how much they love photography and that they take photos everyday then show me their work and I have to close my eyes to keep them from exploding in my brain.
Practice will not make you better. Better practice will make you better. If you keep practicing bad technique, you are going to be really good at being bad, you have to put in the time to learn better techniques in order to get better, period.
I've given you all the tools that I've learned in the years about creating a successful goal setting process, I hope you will be able to use it as is or find a way to adapt some part of it into your creative life.