We’re now several months into 2017 so I’m wondering, how are you doing with your art career goals? Have you surpassed your expectations or are you lagging behind? I hope you haven’t given up. If you’ve hit a bump in the road, I’m here to help you get back on track. This article is about empowering your art career goals and may be just what you need for a dose of inspiration and help you manage your goals for best results.
Choosing Your Art Career Goals
Take a look at the art career goals you decided on January 2017. Do they still inspire you? Maybe they need to be revised or refueled. Do you need to replace them? If you’re having difficulty deciding on what art career goals to choose, consider these ideas:
- Build stronger professional relationships
- Increase my art sales volume by 15 percent
- Improve my art business skills
- Grow my email list to 10 new subscribers a week
- Get into a reputable gallery
- Learn how to become a better blog writer
- Develop a new series of artwork
- Improve my physical health and vitality
- Expand my reputation to an international scale
- Regenerate my creative passion
How to Manage Your Goals For Best Results
- Choose goals that are manageable. Decide what you can accomplish in the time you have available on a daily and weekly basis. Be realistic; otherwise, you may get overwhelmed and discouraged and abort your goals.
- List the benefits of your goals. Decide to view your primary career objectives as positive and enjoyable experiences that will generate many rewards including well-being and empowerment.
- Challenge yourself. Choose goals that will take you outside your comfort zone but not so difficult that you’ll dread working on them. The idea is to push yourself further but enjoy the process and look forward to it.
- Keep your goals in plain sight. Write your goals and activities in a journal or computer file and keep it updated daily. Also, apply visual reminders about your goals on your phone, bulletin board or mirror.
- Develop a support system. If you accomplish more when you have a buddy, coach, or support group, get that system in place for when you have to face the roughest challenges and rejections. Read how to create a support group.
- Create backup plans. Develop contingency plans to adjust to the ebb and flow that naturally occur in life. When uncontrollable obstacles arise, give yourself permission to put less effort into your goal on some days and more on others.
- Manage time wisely. Select a primary dedicated time slot for working on your goal and a secondary time option. This way, if you miss the earlier time, such as early morning, you’ll be sure to work on the project later on in the day no matter what.
- Avoid the Perils of the Two P’s. Perfectionism and procrastination are stall progress and success. Replace striving for perfectionism with striving to do better. Pay attention to when and why you are procrastinating, and solve the issue once and for all.
- Reward yourself. When you achieve an aspect of your goal, no matter how small the accomplishment may appear, take time to congratulate yourself. Enjoy the benefits of having attained your objective.
- Forge ahead with positive enthusiasm. Creating art career goals can be adventurous, creative and rewarding. Every day you get another opportunity delve into your deepest desires and formulate new ways to bring them to fruition. Stay positive. If one plan doesn’t work, try another.
Links to More Helpful Articles
Take Your Art Career Dreams and Goals Higher: how-to-enjoy-your-art-career-dreams-and-goals
Have You Ever Lost Your Creative Motivation? How To Restore It!: restore-your-creative-motivation
How to Handle Rejection As An Artist: how-to-handle-rejection-as-an-artist
Empowering Questions For Artists to Ask Themselves: empowering-questions-for-artists-to-ask-themselves
How to Create An Art Business Plan: create-your-art-business-plan
10 Ways to Avoid Art Career Sabotage: 10-ways-to-avoid-art-career-sabotage
Do You Need Help?
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