Guys, the new year is fast approaching, and you know what else is coming in hot? OPPORTUNITY! Yes, that's it, the chance to finally get a grip on figuring out just who you are and what you were put on this Earth to do. It definitely takes some time to soul search, but in doing that, it means being honest with yourself. What does your life look like in your perfect world? What are you doing everyday that makes you happy? Are you spending that time that's normally spent on fulfilling the dreams of others at work, or are you using that time making your own a reality? Really, just take second to envision that life. Breath deeply. Soak it in. Now: make it happen.
This coming year, I promised myself I'd be in charge of my success as an artist. What this means for me, is that instead of sticking to writing screenplays and banking on an agent to land me a meeting with a production company in hopes of selling - I'm switching to writing books instead. Instead meaning - I'm going back to what I did as a child. I wrote and illustrated my own books like nobody's business. I pulled stories out of thin air and I still remember them dearly today. Except for now, the stories I have in my mind are epic, and why should I wait until someone says it's okay to write them? I'll self-publish and keep 70% of the profits. From there, adapt them into movies so either way I'll have the best of both worlds if one doesn't work out and have the rights. Here are a few guidelines I've followed to hold myself accountable for achieving my goals in 2019:
Understand your Purpose
This is the key part to making any decision moving forward with your life. What is your purpose on this Earth? Mine is to create a realm for creative young women to expand their imaginations and realize their potential through travel. It's about being specific. With this, like I've said before, find a way to fulfill this purpose in a way only you can do and that will make you happy. From here, understand how it will help people, and discover a way how you can make a living while doing it. For me, it's this blog. I travel the world while creating videos, sharing my experiences, and writing books and creating art along the way - Hoping to eventually sell my work as a I go!
What does this look like to you? Thinking about it, what sets your heart and soul on fire. If you could tell everyone in the world one thing to help them lead better lives - what would you say? Imagine doing this for the rest of your life through your artwork. This is your purpose.
Visualize your Life Fulfilling That Purpose
When you fully understand what your purpose is, moving forward banks on sticking to it. Look into your imagination. You've decided what your purpose is, now, what does it look like? Where are you while you're working towards achieving it. Who is around you? What does it smell like? Are you in a room or are you in the middle of the woods? Are the walls green? Purple? How are you feeling? Butterflies? Are you cold? Are you in front of thousands of people, are you working in an attic on creating your gallery? It's all up to you to sit down, close your eyes, and feel yourself in the space of your success.
Next is seeing yourself achieving your goal. That means seeing the book you wrote on shelves in bookstores worldwide, its seeing over $25,000 in sales from your Etsy shop your first year, it's seeing yourself deliver a statue you created to a wealthy millionaire and having them adore every little bit of it. Visualizing your goal is seeing yourself where you want to be and having the confidence and resilience to know that it will happen. It will just take a little time - but it will take less if you believe in yourself and do something every single day to move you forward.
After you visualize yourself working with this purpose and fulfilling it, make a vision board of it. Illustrate it, print out pictures, cut pages out of magazines, whatever it may be - make something that you can physically touch and see every single day to keep pushing you towards where you need to be.
Write Down 3 goals related to that purpose
Once you've decided what this next year will look like for you, choose three (only three) goals that you want to achieve that are related to your purpose and will enhance you as a human being. They can even be personal too. For example, mine are: 1. Finish and Publish Stella and Rooney, 2. Launch and stay Consistent with Vagabond et Virtuosa Vlog and Singing Cover Channel, and 3. Become Fluent in German. These are all geared towards what kind of life I want to lead and my purpose. With these three goals, you will have three different aspects of your overall purpose to focus on.
Separate the Year into four quarters
With a year, you have twelve months that you can obviously divide into four quarters of three months. With each three month, or 90 day period, create a deadline and a goal within each of these goals to help you progress to where you ultimately want to be in a steady and realistically reachable pace. For example, your quarters should look like this:
First Quarter: January 1st - March 15th
Second Quarter: March 16th - July 1st
Third Quarter: July 2nd - October 16th
Fourth Quarter: October 17th - December 31st
create 3 goals per quarter
By creating three sub-goals each quarter based off of your three main goals, you set achievable deadlines for yourself that you can actually succeed with. For example, my three goals for my first quarter based of of the larger goals for the year are as follows: 1. Finish first draft of Stella and Rooney 2. Obtain 5K subscribers to Vagabond et Virtuosa Youtube Channel 3. Be able to have basic conversation with my German friend, via FaceTime. These smaller goals to achieve by the deadline of the first quarter will keep the momentum going throughout the year to achieving the bigger goals you have set for yourself.
Stick to Deadlines and create Rewards
Nothing is ever going to get done if you are too easy on yourself and don't stick to the deadlines you set for yourself. Stick to your goals and your quarterly goals so you can start the life you've always dreamed of living. The hardest part is always starting and staying consistent with progress, but it's necessary if you want to get from where you are to where you want to be. Don't cheat yourself out of doing a good job. It's also a great idea to reinforce and reward yourself for successfully completing your goals. This could be a weekend getaway to that cute winery up North, a dinner at your favorite restaurant, or simply a movie marathon with your favorite person. It's important to treat yourself for a job well done...now..keep going!!! Don't give up!
You've done it!
Fast forward 364 days and you've achieved those three, perfect, beautiful goals, and you're that much closer to living a life full of your wildest dreams on a regular basis and as full time job - except it won't feel like a job. Imagine that. A world where you are doing what you love every day, and challenges excite you? I don't know about you, but that's the life I want to lead. I bet that's the life you want to lead too.
So please, do yourself the favor, put the work in and give yourself the life you deserve. You're in charge of the outcome . Might as well make it worth it! Now go out there and crush this year into the stars and make your marvelous magic happen! I'm so proud of you!!!
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