What's Your #1 Goal for the New Year? (Curious Monday)

The New Year brings a time for reflection, but also renewal. There’s a blank slate – a sense that we can accomplish whatever we set our minds to.

©Barbara Ferrier, Rock Climber. Acrylic on clayboard, 24 x 18 inches. Used with permission.

©Barbara Ferrier, Rock Climber. Acrylic on clayboard, 24 x 18 inches. Used with permission.

These open-ended possibilities are often debilitating.

If it’s possible for us to do anything, why can’t we do everything?

Well, because you can’t. You just can’t.

You don’t have the time, the resources, or the energy to tackle everything you want to accomplish.

That’s why it’s important to prioritize, and this is where goal-setting comes in.

Some people may pooh-pooh goals, but I find that they’re a necessary step to not only getting things done, but also for feeling complete.

When we don’t have a goal and projects to mark off our list, we wander aimlessly and are never quite satisfied.

As you’re planning your year, what do you think is the most important goal you can accomplish in your art business in 2017?

You might take it a step further and consider goals in these areas: creativity, business, financial, romance, family, spiritual, personal, health, travel/adventure, education.

Please leave a comment below.

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75 comments to What’s Your #1 Goal for the New Year? (Curious Monday)

  • Bug

    I have two related goals:

    1a: Stop using any excuse not to continue.
    1b: Stop avoiding the hard stuff.

    For me it all seems to be keeping the process proceeding.

  • My word for 2017 is “calm”. One goal stemming from that is to focus on one thing at a time. Improving my blog is the first thing I will be working on this year.

  • My 2 words for the year are “patience” and “marketing.” I just found this blog last month. One thing I’ve learned already, is art comes first then the business stuff.

  • Deb

    #1 Goal is to present a cohesive body of work on a website, designed by an out-sourced expert.

  • Happy New Year, Alyson!

    The no.1 thing I am going to do this year is to check in on myself every day, several times a day if necessary, by asking myself “is what I am doing working for my benefit?” Benefit means creative, financial or social media growth.

    Thank you for your question, 🙂 Victoria

  • Oh, so many ideas, so little time. My #1 goal is to improve my health by exercising more and falling down less. #2 – create artwork daily and not be concerned about who sees it/likes it/hates it. Included in #2 is a webinar/year long class with Cynthia Morris: “…short and sweet online class, Your Best Creative Year Ever. This 90-minute online class will help me identify my targets for 2017 and will give me the tools to stay on track to my creative joy.”

    Okay, now I’ll keep reading what others are saying to this question.

  • My #1 Goal for the New Year is to re-launch my art blog. I had an art blog years ago and, in hindsight, it drove the greater portion of my sales. When life threw a few unexpected speedbumps in my path and I had to step away from the studio for a few years, I took the blog down. I don’t have a newsletter (even though I know I should!), so the blog provides a way for me to keep my art patrons up to date on the latest happenings from my studio.

  • My #1 goal is to keep plowing ahead: just submitted an application for a local artist-run gallery; working daily on more “little one” paintings in my series; stretching my teaching adult classes with research, PowerPoints, handouts, examples, etc.; and as Marrianna stated “improving my health” with daily exercise (set up a stationary bike in my studio so I can bike when I am studying my painting(s). Hooray for 2017 ! The Future is Looking Bright ! Ended 2016 with a commissioned portrait…

  • Had to take a full-time job 2016, BUT I still have my freelance clients and studies to complete
    #1 Finish my Color of Woman Studies to get my certificate
    #2 Transition my freelance work to someone else, I want to stop working all the time.
    #3 Stay on top of paperwork and bookkeeping
    #4 ENJOY my life more, have more fun
    #5 Return to a regular fitness routine/lifestyle after being sick for a year

  • Here’s my One Thing: Regular Studio Hours “I will paint at my easel weekdays 9 – Noon.”

  • Vivek Jazz

    Thank you.

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