As a list maker since day one, I’ve had my fair share of experience with creating goals. As a perpetual learner, having academic goals motivated me for the large part of my education. Personal goals are a natural extension of my achiever personality, and in healthy doses are a great way to help me manage my expectations and keep me motivated. What I sometimes struggle with is turning my goals into a way to determine my worth, and that is the opposite of the positive motivation we’re going for here. My aim nowadays is to strike a balance between establishing goals that inspire me while maintaining a self worth that is independent of my achievements. In terms of a foundation to build my goals on, that looks like security in myself and my faith. Creating goals which stem from that has allowed me a lot more freedom from the comparison and worth games.
When it comes to creating goals for my business, I’m trying out the same approach. It’s my desire to build a brand that reflects who I am and what I believe. At the end of the day, I want to be proud of my work and the way I present myself – not to determine my own value, because my business doesn’t define me that way, but because I want my work to be a tribute to the joy and inspiration that have been given to me. Keeping a firm grip on that foundation will be essential in keeping my heart in line on this journey. When I can walk in that truth, knowing that the success of my business is not a measure of my merit, then I can easily set goals that will encourage and motivate me. Some of those goals look like finding community with other creatives, getting behind the camera more and more, and learning things that push me out of my comfort zone. When sketching out my goals, here’s a few things I shoot for:
- Big ideas first – How would I paint my business over the next few years with big, broad strokes?
- Getting there – Where are opportunities to learn and grow my experience? Are there options out there for education?
- Community – What can I learn from my fellow creatives and their stories? How can I build relationships that serve others and shape my own journey?
- Challenges – What are a few things that scare me in a good way, if the sky is the limit?
- The fine print – How can I responsibly care for the nitty gritty details that come with being a business?
If it’s possible to dream big dreams without getting a big head, that’s what I want to do. And I’m so thankful to be surrounded by a support system who encourages and challenges me along the way.