You’ve been going at it all year! “Do this, try that,” I advise. You do. You try. But then you look back at that task list and become discouraged. The tasks keep multiplying.
Hold it! There will always be more to do–more than you have time for. Instead of thinking about what you still want to achieve, focus on acknowledging all you have done.
Take time to write down your accomplishments for the past year. Don’t try to do it all at once. Dedicate a page in your journal or create a document on your computer to which you can add over the course of the next few weeks. (I recommend writing it all out by hand. It seems more satisfying.)
Here is an inventory of questions to get you started. In 2009 . . .
How did you promote your art?
What did you do to enhance your online presence?
What technological skills did you learn or improve?
How many people did you add to your mailing list?
Who were the top ten cool or influential people you met?
Whom did you mentor or help out?
Did you create a new business card, portfolio, or other marketing piece?
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 worthy cause did you support in some way?
What new art events, galleries, and museums did you visit?
What resources did you discover?
How did you improve your studio habits?
What books did you read to help your career? What videos or films were useful?
What seminars/workshops/lectures did you attend or teach?
How did you enhance your office or studio environment?
What organizations were you involved with?
What grants/honors/awards did you receive?
What articles were written about your work?
What exhibits, grants, contest, etc. did you submit your art to?
Where did you save a wad of money?
What was the single best thing that happened to your art career in 2009?
After you’ve written everything down, give thanks. Be grateful for the energy you found, the people you came across, and the experiences you learned from. If you feel like sharing, post your accomplishments on your blog. Then . . .
FINAL WORD: There will always be more to do, but you’ll be amazed at all you have accomplished.
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