This blog is based on a request from Kim, a beautiful
young woman I recently met at her book club. At the book club meeting, I spoke about some things
I’ve done and steps I’ve taken to make my creative dreams reality. (Thank you
so much for having me!)
are you weren’t there, so I thought I’d briefly share with you what we covered
at our talk and also Kim’s question of my weekly working schedule since we ran
out of time at the end and didn’t fully get to that.
thing we talked about was getting clear on your goal or dream and writing it
down. Then afterwards, writing down a single action you can take in the direction
of your dream/goals. Use the litmus test of being able to do this one
step/action in a minute or less.
example. If your goal is to become a painter and have an exhibit, a small step
could be to lay out your brushes, tools and paints in your painting spot. This
would take under a minute.
trivial to do such a small thing towards a big goal, however the logic is two
fold. Firstis that if the step is small
enough it’ll by pass the amygdulah in your brain – the center of flight or
fight and carry on to your cerebral cortex – the creative thinking brain. Hence, if you keep your steps small, you’ll be able to move forward without blocks.
second reason is that when you take just a small step, under a minute, such as
the example above, your subconscious starts working on it even when you are not
physically doing anything. You may start day dreaming about what you are going
to paint or what colours you are going to use. You are getting excited and
putting energy towards your dream/goals, so this is a great things.
there is the law of attraction where if you are in an energetic mind set of,
say, “being a painter”.. you’re thinking about your project, your painting
place, your brushes, what you might paint, you will automatically attract
things in these areas. Perhaps someone will give you an old paint set or invite
you to share a studio space. Who knows. The law of attraction can work in wondrous
ways that in the past you may have considered coincidence, and now you can take
more personal power and realize you had a piece in creating this.
lastly Kim’s question about some tricks I use during the week to continue to
grow and evolve and support my dream despite life happening, challenges being
thrown in the mix, blocks, excuses and everything else that gets in our way to
making those big dreams come true that may never be urgent.
My - up until now - Secret Weekly Schedule to Support my
Mondaysare my money management day. This doesn't
mean I manage my money all day, no. It simply means that every Monday I have
the intention to take care of myself financially in some way. It could mean paying
my bills. It could be calling the bank about a charge I did not recognize. It
could be writing a grant proposal to (hopefully) achieve some funding in the
future. I think you get the idea.
is, it could just be that I spend five minute on this focus and then that is a
success for me. I created this system when I was single parenting full time,
working part time at a day job and ramping up my business as a professional
artist as it appears now on my website. Point being, it’s just a small thing
you do in the area of focus that in the long term is a small step towards your
bigger goal and dream.
is “toot my horn” marketing day. I got this name from that book “how to toot
your horn without blowing it” which was about self promotion. So on Tuesday I
do, at least, one thing to promote myself as a contemporary abstract artist and
workshop facilitator. It could be writing a blog and then posting this on
linked in and Facebook and twitter. It could be putting up a postcard with
regards to my upcoming art show.Anything that puts me and my business out in the world qualifies. Again,
it can be really small and simply, such as posting an image of a recent
painting I have for sale on social media. The point is that I’m putting myself
out there in the name of the dream.
is my web day. This day I put aside for all things web related. This could be
updating my cafepress store ( long overdue, I need to do this!!!), updating my
website, writing my newsletter content, working on an in artist interview with
another artist.Basically it's the one
day a week whereby if I[‘m on my computer all day, it’s totally OK.
is self care.On Thursday I make a
conscious effort to close my computer, leave the phone and unplug.My favorite way to spend a Thursday is with a
book by the ocean, a river or in a park. Maybe I’ll bring my journal along.
Maybe I’ll stay in bed until 2 pm.The
focus is doing as little as possible and being and just resting and enjoying
life. It could also be a day for an artist date. Or if you follow my blog you
know that often once a month I post some images from a hike or outdoor
experience I call breathing space. This really sums up Thursday for me – it’s a
day to stop and breathe.
are follow up days. I keep a list in my contacts of people, companies, jobs,
shows I’m applying to, etc. So, again its really simply. I go through the list
and make emails or phone calls as needed. For example, someone called me
earlier during the week about the September workshop running at the end of this
month. Friday would be the day I would habitually get back to them if I had not
always file my paperwork from the week and aim at doing a general tidy
up/organize… If I was more diligent I could say that Saturday are cleaning days
but I cant remember the last time I kept to that schedule.
created this system, ideally Sundayswere for planning the week and also going back
to my vision boards, goals and seeing where I am and where I want to be. Again,
I’ve been slacking on this one lately so I must say it was cool to meet with
the book club because I pulled out my life vision goal book and dusted it off
for the talk as I had not reviewed it for a while!!!
hopethis helps you take action in small
steps and with kindness and compassion with yourself. As always, it’s the
process and journey that is the true gift, you’ll get there if you do the work,
but let’s get there mindfully and make it fun along the way, then it’s a real
success all the way around!