Commit to Something Big

Big ideas motivate us to take action, and each action builds momentum toward a larger goal. We need the focus that big plans provide.

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Vision vs. Goals vs. Projects vs. Tasks

I recently asked fans on my Facebook page about setting goals. The responses I received were mostly about projects and tasks then about goals. Since it’s the time of year to work on goals, I thought a review might be helpful.

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Count Your Accomplishments

It’s easy to be discouraged by everything left undone at the end of the year. Rather than focus on the unfinished items on your list, I urge you to count your accomplishments. Write down everything you achieved in 2010.

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Move On to Something New

We can only work so hard before maxing out. That’s when it’s time to move on to something new. In order to innovate, something that takes time and energy has to go.

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Art Marketing Action Podcast: Move On to Something New

Audio version of the post with the same name. We can only work so hard before maxing out. That’s when it’s time to move on to something new. In order to innovate, something that takes time and energy has to go.

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Deep Thought Thursday: 2009 Biggie

You were undoubtedly busy and productive in 2009. Focusing on your art, but also focusing on making money as an artist. What is the single best thing you did for your art career in 2009 and why? What payoff did you see as a result of your efforts?

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Blast off in the New Year

A couple of weeks ago I asked you to take time from your bustling schedule to celebrate all you’ve gotten done in the last 12 months. If you haven’t celebrated your 2008 accomplishments, I hope you’ll take the time to do that.

Now it’s time to look forward.

Time to blast off! Yep, I’m going to use the “G word”: Goals. It’s goal-setting time. I’m certain this is not the only newsletter you’ll receive this week on setting goals. But I’m not going to ask you to create deadlines and action steps. Instead, I’d like for you to set intentions–intentions that form a vision for marketing yourself and your art in the New Year. Let’s start with a couple of big questions.

1. How do you intend to promote your art consistently? Last fall my mastermind partner challenged me to come up with a list of 100 ways to promote my business, and I

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Acknowledge yourself and celebrate!

You’ve been going at it all year! “Do this, try that,” I advise. But then you look at everything left on your task list and become discouraged.

TIME OUT! Instead of thinking about what you still want to accomplish, consider acknowledging all you have done. Take time to write down your accomplishments for 2008.

This is an annual tradition that I started with the newsletter a number of years ago. I do it for myself, too. Those who record what they have gotten done during the year tell me it’s a powerful exercise.

It’s easy! Start now. Don’t try to do it all at once, but dedicate a page in your journal or a document on your computer. I recommend writing it all out by hand.

Here is an inventory of questions to get you started. In 2008 . . .

Lyndal Hargrave, Harmony. Driftwood, screws, and glue, 82 x 82 x 82

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Share Your Art Career Goals

In today’s newsletter I give an example of the power of writing down your goals and sharing them with others. To the right is an honest-to-goodness photo of the goals that are posted on the wall in front of my desk (workshop, book, art marketing plan Web site).

Of course, after you commit to these, it’s up to you to figure out how to make them happen. AND, since my first goal is almost realized, I’ll have to get a new one to take its place

Good things might happen to those who wait, but only to those who are actively pursuing the good things during the waiting period.

You can’t afford to sit back and wait to be discovered or wait for people to buy your art. You must be moving forward constantly.

What are your BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals)? What do you want to accomplish in the next year? Now’s your

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