Every year we had to come up with career and personal goals and each week we would sit with our manager and report on our progress, struggles and whatever we needed to fine tune. Our manager, in return, would offer advice, set up introductions or offer whatever help they could in order to help you reach your goals.
This is where I first got introduced to the idea of goal setting and where I learned just how powerful of a tool it is. I now continue that practice personally, each year after my birthday I start to brain storm what I want to accomplish for the upcoming year. By January 1st my list in written in stone and I work towards my yearly goals.
Over the years I've fine tuned the process into something that works really well for me. Each year I raise the bar and hold myself accountable to achieve more. I try not to put anything easy or what I refer to as "low hanging fruit" in order to make sure that I am growing.
My philosophy is "If I want more than I have, then I have to be willing to become better than I am." Each day I want to be a little bit better that the day before.
I have a good friend in Paris (who is a very accomplished writer), that has been asking me for months about how I stay so focused and get so much done. I told her that I just write out my goals, simple enough. As the topic kept coming up I realized just how wrong I was. It wasn't simple at all and I quickly realized that the small tid-bits I'd been offering was becoming overwhelming for her.
I never told her the process, it's become so second nature for me, I've forgot that it's a personal process that has evolved from about 10 years or research, trial and error.
So I decided I needed to sit down with her and explain exactly what it is that I do and how she could possibly build her own goal setting habits.
We met for breakfast this morning and we started talking; 2hours later I was amazied with how methodical I had become over the years with my stagey and I thought that I should share it as I think it will help many other artists (or anyone).
I'll be posting in detail the steps you can take to set up and organize your new year goal strategy, I offer this information in hope that all or some will help you to change things in your life and art career.