One thing about artists is that we have loads of ideas! Sometimes it can be hard to rummage through the ideas to focus in on those gems that you really want to bring to life in the real world. Some creative coaches out there preach that you must only commit to one goal at a time and see it through before you take on another project. Personally I've tried that approach and it always leaves me stuck in the mud! There are times when that advice might ring true, like when you are at the final stages of pushing a project out into the light of day, but most of the time goals are like monsters. They are big and scary and need some tending and taming to get them into shape before presenting them to the world.
Here's a Monster Mash of goals and tips for attaining them!
1. Ghostly Goals- Like an apparition that you see out of the corner of your eye, ghostly goals are those ideas that simmer in the back of your mind. You occasionally think about them however rarely pursue goals in this category. With ghostly goals a great way to peg them down is to create a list. I use OneNote, however you may prefer Word or even a journal for your ideas. Get those goals written down someplace where you know they will be safe, preferably in a place that you will be able to find later. Add to the list when you think of new ideas and then give the ideas some room to breathe. Choose the idea that seems most relevant to the current moment and run with it! Then when that project has momentum you can begin another idea from the list.
2. Vampire Goals- Vampire goals are those goals that you feel you should do but never quite get around to. Like the classic vampire or energy vampire, these types of goals tend to suck your energy and there comes a time when you have to decide whether the goal is really something you want to pursue. If so, come up with a new way to approach the goal. And if not, officially let that vampire goal rest!
3. Alien Goals- Like the classic gray alien, an Alien goal is something that plays tricks on your mind. These elusive goals are the things you see other people doing that you wish, someday, someway you might be able to do the same thing. Alien goals are haunting because they rely so much on some sort of idealized future, or fictionalized vision of how you think your art or life should be. Make a list of some of your Alien goals and then draw a spaceship around them and set them free. As an individual, you have an individual skill set and your future will be a vision of what you are doing today. If you have an Alien goal on your list that you don't want to let go, create a mind map or brainstorm some concrete ways you can bring that goal down to reality.
4. Sasquatch Goals- Sasquatch goals are big and hairy and smell really bad. Sassy goals tend to be those huge life goals and dreams like being a famous author or having reaching the status of Warhol. There is a reason why Sasquatch is usually seen stalking the woods by himself. Sasquatch goals do not play well with reality. These kinds of goals are best left in a cave somewhere in the forest to live off the grid. Get back to reality and find some more down to Earth ways to achieve success in this lifetime!
5. Zombie Goals- Last but not least there are Zombie goals. Zombie goals are those goals that devour a ton of time and energy. These goals are the ones that you are super passionate about. Zombie goals are what artists live for because passion and fire go so well with the creative life. If you have a goal that you are super passionate about, create a list of baby steps to achieve that dream. Once it is broken down into manageable tasks you can simply accomplish a Zombie goal bit by bit. Like a Zombie, these goals are best tended to when they first come to mind. Let the passion fuel these goals into existence.
I hope you enjoyed my monster mash of goals and how to make them real!