Season 5 – epiBLOG 19:
Some of you may be tired of hearing about dreams. About goals. About success. It happens. When you’re in the process of pursuing a dream, you can get weary and frustrated as you go through obstacles that turn into yet another “learning experience.”
Today’s topic is about how to set and achieve weekly goals as an entrepreneurial artist.
You’ve probably already created your goals for 2018, and if you’re really ambitious, you may have already designed a five-year plan with specific goals in place. That’s great. Setting goals can be fun, exhilarating even. Goals give you direction. They are something concrete to work towards.
Your goal as a writer may be to complete your fourth book this year and get 12 articles published in prestigious publications. If you’re a culinary genius, your goal may be to get hired as an executive chef at a five-star restaurant or to open up your own bistro. If you’re a musician, it may be to release five more songs on iTunes or book 10 gigs for the year at different venues.
Although setting long-term goals is necessary and exciting, it can oftentimes feel overwhelming because it’s such a lofty step from where you are currently. That’s why it’s important to take manageable and consistent steps along the way.
STEPS TO SET & ACHIEVE WEEKLY GOALS:
- Start with the end in mind. Once you’ve set your big goals for the year, work backwards from there to create smaller goals for each month that support your big goal.
- After you set the monthly goals, you set weekly goals that support those.
- Create daily tasks that support your weekly goals so that you can achieve those as well. The purpose of this is to feel like your goals are manageable.
- Be consistent and committed with your tasks, regardless of what is going on in your life. The goals are reached by consistently taking action each day that you set aside for this.
- “Rinse and repeat.” Continue to follow this process with all of your big goals.
Goal for the Year: To complete a non-fiction book with 75, 000 words by December 31, 2018.
Monthly Goal: To complete one chapter each month with about 6,250 words in each chapter.
Weekly Goal: To complete 1,562 words.
5-Day a Week Tasks: To write 312 words per day.
As you can see from the example above, creating tangible and smaller goals, gives you something concrete to work towards that support your overall goal. This allows you to actually achieve what it is that you’re seeking – instead of just hoping that it will happen “one day.” Everything doesn’t have to be as precise as I have provided in this example. Give yourself room “to breathe.” However, having specific ambitions to aim towards causes you to take action to create what you’re looking for. I create manageable tasks each of my work days so that I can meet deadlines for my clients and so that I can meet goals with my own personal projects.
Today’s LESSON is to take the time to plan out your goals; not just to set them.
FUN ASSIGNMENT: Choose a current goal that you have right now that you want to accomplish, but one that you don’t feel you’re making any progress with. Apply and commit to the steps above just for the next 30 days, and see what kind of magic you can create within your career.
Please contact Nitara Osbourne if you’re a full time artist, and would like to be interviewed in The UnCloseted Professor Blog or if you would like help developing your life story into a non-fiction book or movie script. InfiniteWriterAgency@gmail.com.