Goal! Post it

It’s that time of year, re-join the gym, organize and clean everything and make those pesky resolutions.

I’m not a big resolutions person, because I set goals on an on-going basis. Here’s the system I use. (I’ve been using this system so long I forgot where I got it, but I think it’s from Barbara Sher’s Wishcraft.)

There are two major categories, business and personal. Within that, I list each individual goal.

Name each goal, then under that, I write the first steps to that goal.

Here’s an example.

Goal: Do More Shows

(A great goal, but it’s too big, and how will you know when you’ve achieved it? Break it down.)

Better: Goal: Apply to more shows in 2008

So that’s a good goal, but it’s still too big. So we write that down:


Goal: Apply to more shows in 2008

Now, we’re ready for First Steps to Goal.

___ research the Art in the Park show
___ subscribe to Sunshine Artists
___ join local artist networking group so I can ask fellow artists about shows
___ call/write/email to request applications for shows
___ review application slides/digital images, choose a group, are they good?
___ consider whether to use Virtual Jury to evaluate slides
___ apply to 20 shows (or whatever your goal is)
list each show with its own check off line

Notice the goal is Apply to More Shows, not Do More Shows. Because you can’t control how many shows you’ll get into, but you can apply for more.

As you go along, you may find that some of those first steps are really goals of their own. You may need to break those out and make that a goal, with its own first steps.

Oh, and one more thing: you need to give yourself deadlines!

I simply adore every book Barbara Sher has ever written. Here are the links to Wishcraft and a newer one, It’s Only Too Late if You Don’t Start Now.

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