4 Things You Didn't Know About Writing Goals
Writing goals as a creative feels a little different. Not only do you have to think about your business, studio practice, and creativity, but you also have to think about yourself. How do you want to grow personally? How is your creativity going to impact that? For me, sitting down to consider each factor of my life is important as I gain clarity and write my goals. Over the years, I’ve found 4 things I didn’t know about writing goals, which has changed my goal writing process. I packed it all together in a 10 page workbook that I’m sharing with you for free (below!).
1. You should start with reflecting on the past year.
When you take the time to reflect on the past year, are you asking yourself the right questions? The best way to understand what you want to improve on is to determine what made you feel most proud? What do you think lacked your attention? Determining the areas that make you feel good and understanding how fear holds you back, you can begin to determine where you would like to put your efforts in the year to come.
2. Your habits are the most important thing to consider when writing goals.
You can write a goal about nearly anything that may align with your vision for your future self, but what if that goal isn’t attainable because of certain habits you have formed. Take some time to reflect on habits that are affecting you negatively. Learn how you can replace those habits with something healthier.
3. You should have clarity on your dream life.
This feel obvious, but do you have a clear vision on what that dream life is? Finding creativity in your life can bring so much joy, but its so helpful to have a clear vision on how you want to live with creativity. Take some time to sit down and write out how you envision your life 1 year from now, 5 years from now, 10 years from now.. This process is so eye opening and it will help you start writing goals today that are action steps to your dream life.
4. Your goals need to reflect the areas in life that are most important to you.
After completing the previous three steps, you should develop a strong understanding about what areas of life are important to you. For some this could be environment, and for others it might be career. Use these areas to determine where you are at now and how you can rewrite those areas of focus in a positive, actionable way.