5 Steps on How to Reach your Goals in the New Year

5 steps on how to reach your goals in the new year

December is one of my favorite times of the year, and not just because of the quality time I get to spend with my family over the holiday season. But I love December because I get to sit down and focus on my goals for the coming year ahead.

I not only look to set goals for myself personally but also professionally.  Trust me, this is one of the most rewarding things you can do when goal setting for the New Year.  It not only allows you time to reflect on all that you've accomplished over the past year but also to see what you can do differently for the next.

With 2018 just around the corner, it's the perfect time for you to set goals for your creative career and take positive steps towards a New Year and a new you!  I've created 5 simple steps to a fool-proof way on achieving your goals, creating realistic action plans, and being the best you yet!

We would love to hear from you! After reading the blog, let us know what your goals are for 2018 in the comments below!

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1. Celebrate all Your Amazing Accomplishments.

As an artist, you work hard all year long. Your dedication is inspiring from the long hours spent in the studio, the numerous emails sent back and forth with galleries and customers, to tirelessly promoting your artwork on social media. THAT'S A LOT and you're doing a great job, so don't let yourself forget that.  Even if it seems small to you, like getting your first sale inquiry via a Facebook comment. Be sure to acknowledge that accomplishment with a verbal, "I'm doing a great job" or a treat yourself to a coffee.  Wins, no matter how big or mall, should be celebrated!


2. Reflect on Areas of Improvement.

This is an important element of goal setting. Now, this isn't for you to get caught up in self-judgment, but a constructive way to examine how you want to grow within the next year. So, keep in mind this exercise isn't for you to say, "I'm not a good enough artist," but find specific points of changeable behaviors like, "I spend too much time looking at other artists' works and not enough time exercising and strengthening my own creative abilities." Realizing daily distractions is a huge first step in making a change to a better you in 2018.


3. List the Projects and Goals You Want to Complete in the New Year.

Go crazy here this is a brainstorming session! Reach for the moon! You'll never know if you can truly achieve something if you don't try it. To make the first step towards greatness you must set your mind to it. Don't be your own worst critic and not list a task because you think it's impossible. Simply list any and all goals.

After this step, start relating your goals together so they form groups.  For example, you might group marketing your artwork and increasing online art sales together, whereas, working on a larger canvas and trying out different substrates would be relatable.


4. Identify Your Top Goals and Create a Time Frame.

Categorizing and prioritizing your New Year's goals helps you see how they relate to each other and if one goal is a progression of another one. Then, you'll want to establish a specific time frame and action for each goal you set. Important note, don't think you have to accomplish all these goals immediately. You are planning for an entire year's worth here. Think of working on the goals in month increments and then evaluating. 

For example, if you want to be better at sharing your work on social media, then look at your calendar and establish which day and time of the week that is best for you to block out time to knock it out. After a month see if the schedule is working for you. You might re-adjust to find that you like to spread out social media work over a two-day period instead.

In my book Secrets of the Art World, there is a powerful section on marketing and branding with artist-to-artist feedback where they reveal what worked for them and what didn’t.


5. Don't Wait to Celebrate.

You don't have to wait until you begin goal setting in December to celebrate the goals you did achieve and accomplish. Be sure to share on social media when you achieve one of your New Year's goals. Getting support and encouragement from friends, family, and clients will inspire and empower you to keep going!


Good luck! I can't wait to see what you do in the New Year!


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Known as the “Academy Awards for Art,” Art Comes Alive (ACA), ADC's annual art competition and exhibit, is embarking on its 10th year of helping artists get their work in front of art-industry professionals such as interior designers, art galleries, private art collectors, and corporate collections. Each year the art competition gets bigger and better, and this year over $300,000 in awards will be given to artists through gallery contracts, purchase awards, publishing contracts, and more!


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