When I coach artists and hear them engaging in a fearful and confused chatter, I know immediately why they are generating such pessimism. They are not focused.
On the other hand, my artist clients who have clear goals, and updated action plans, who are working their plan every day, don’t complain. They don’t fret.
Why is this? I believe that if we give our mind time and space to drift, it will. And when there’s work to be done, and we are avoiding it, or we don’t know how to tackle it, our minds will often drift into a very dark space. And then, “As you think, so shall you become.”
My artist clients who are focused have a system in place to keep themselves focused. They have a road map. And they follow this map yet remain flexible and constantly adjust their course. But they always know where they are going.
How do we construct that road map? First you have to know where you are going. And then you define a SMART goal, specific, measurable, attainable, results oriented, and timely. Then we outline what milestones must be met in order to attain that specific goal. Then we define what action steps must be taken, and resources secured, to meet each milestone.
It’s all very systematic, a blend of right and left brain thinking. And a big part of my coaching is just teaching this system so that they can continue to use it long after I’m gone.
I’ve drawn on my project management experience when I was a corporate cubicle dweller. As much as I hated it, project management has served me well and now it helps my artist clients get things done and become successful too.
Creating a road map towards your goals breaks down what can seem like an insurmountable task to degrees that are manageable on a daily basis. And not so scary after all.