Learn to Set Artistic Goals for Personal Improvement

Part of life is making changes and setting artistic goals.

That is how you grow and become the artist you have always dreamed of being. However, it does not have to be a dream any longer. Learn to set artistic goals that will bring the achievements you want from life.

It is easy to become caught up in your dreams. Just thinking of the possible outcomes can lead to unrealistic avenues for achieving those intentions. While a bit of wild dreaming is expected and can motivate you to continue to pursue your dreams, they can also bring about disappointment, depression and discarded goals if you are not careful.

Here are some practical steps for achieving your artistic goals.

Who is your target market? – Many artists fail at determining a clear destination for their artistic goals, because there is no mental picture of who your targeted market really is.The goal is yours alone so be honest with yourself. A common goal is to paint and show your work more, but this is too general to be an artistic goal. Instead, define what you actually want: I want to exhibit in 6 shows and paint 2 pictures a month in 2012. This is an achievable and measurable artistic goal.

Set short and long-term milestones for your artistic goals – The purpose of milestones is not only motivation but also a sensible breakdown of a larger overwhelming goal into a smaller manageable one. Start from the end and work backwards, the next step is to develop weekly goals. Working backwards helps you achieve your goals by seeing the big picture first.

Small artistic goals are seen as doable and you are less likely to become discouraged.

Expect setbacks –. To expect that you will not experience any disappointment during your journey is unrealistic. Determine how you will handle interruptions, unexpected events and low creativity, before they come to take a bite out of your productivity.

Have confidence in your dream – It would be nice if everyone could be happy for you but that again is unrealistic. Each person has their own dreams and may not understand the time and energy needed for you to experience your goal.

This person may not have the time or energy to be fully into your dream. That is okay. The one who needs to be going full tilt about your dream is you.

Reevaluate your intention – It is okay and often necessary to stop and reevaluate your intentions. About once a month is a good time to stop and determine if this goal is still valid to you? Has your goal changed? When situations in life change, your overall goal may not change but your steps to achieve it will probably need adjusting. Should this be true find a new course to reach the same destination. Artistic goals are yours to do with as you wish.

There is no obligation to stick to one if your heart is no longer in it. Step back and take a moment to reevaluate where you want to spend your passion.

I invite you to enter your name and email in the box in the right corner of this post and listen as I talk with you about your goals.

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