You probably did more in 2012 than you are giving yourself credit for. Take time over the next two weeks to outline your accomplishments for the year.
This exercise has been an annual Art Biz Coach tradition for many years. Subscribers who complete the exercise say they are surprised and proud of all they accomplished during the year.
There will always be more that you can do. Always. It’s easy to look at that to-do list and get discouraged about what remains rather than focusing on the steps you have taken to build your career and improve your life.
Grab a cup of coffee and use the list here, and in the Insider’s Gift for subscribers (see below), to get started. Keep your calendar and journal handy to help prompt you.
In 2012 . . .
How did you promote your art?
What did you do to enhance your online presence?
How many people did you add to your mailing list?
How many Twitter followers or Facebook fans did you gain?
Who were the top ten cool or influential people you met?
What new marketing material did you develop and use?
Where did you exhibit or retail your art?
What articles were written about your work?
What articles did you write about your art?
Where did you take a big marketing risk?
When did you ask for help or hire someone?
How did you strategize and track your growth?
What resources did you discover?
What technological skills did you learn or improve?
What books did you read to help your career? What videos or films were useful?
What grants did you apply for?
What grants/honors/awards did you receive?
What organizations were you involved with?
What business seminars/workshops/lectures/classes did you participate in?
Where did you save a wad of money?
What steps did you take to make your art business more profitable?
What medium or skill did you attempt or master?
What did you try that was completely new?
What did you try that was uncomfortable, but helped you grow?
What new art events, galleries, and museums did you visit?
What art seminars/workshops/lectures/classes did you participate in or teach?
How did you improve your studio habits?
What did you do to become a better artist?
What worthy cause did you support?
Whom did you mentor or help out?
What books or seminars helped you with self-growth?
How did you enhance your office or studio environment?
How did you simplify your life?
What did you decide to release?
What did you do to become happier and more fulfilled?
Check out Laura Lavigne‘s Happiness Sprinkling project in this video. It's bound to make you smile and consider sprinkling a little more happiness into your own life.
Finally . . . What was the single best thing that happened to your art career in 2012?
Take time to celebrate and feel good about all of your hard work and personal growth. Please share your accomplishments in a comment here.