Today I wanted to share a few of the ways that I have applied the concept of forward thinking to my art and my creative business:
LET YOUR GOALS EVOLVE
Back when I had to work a 9-5 job I kept my goals small(er). Yes, I had big dreams about earning a real living working as an artist but I had to work, live on a budget, was limited with time, etc. I had to tailor my goals and plans to fit my reality. I planned according to what was going on in my life and that typically meant setting smaller more attainable goals. There were some periods of time when I was able to set and meet a lot of small goals while other times I was lucky if I met 1 small goal in 6 months.
EXAMPLE:As I met goals and had success, I gained confidence and the inspiration to keep trying. In my opinion this was key for my growth and development as a working artist. When I met a goal I really loved the way it felt- I was able to get a taste of what being an artist was like and it felt great- which made me want that feeling all the time- which inspired me to stick to my plans and keep setting goals! The momentum of this process snowballed and my business slowly began to grow. The outcome was that I was actually making some real money on the side.
THINK AHEAD: Fashion designers, magazine editors, photographers all tend to work at least 6 months ahead. And while it is not always realistic to operate this way, thinking ahead a little bit (even if it is a few weeks ahead) can help you make decisions for the direction you want to go and the projects you want to tackle.
To read more about my journey as an artist-
taking the leap into full time artist and entrepreneur- HERE
jump start a creative career- HERE
coping with creative burnout- HERE
managing life and a creative business- HERE
the art of chasing a dream- HERE
the art of setting goals- HERE
the art of blogging- HERE and HERE
the things I haven't shared- HERE
stronger than I ever knew- HERE