You were looking at your calendar. You're counting the days until a fresh start. Thanksgiving … Christmas … New Year's Eve … and, at last, January 1. Or, rather, January 2 because no one works on the first day of the year.
Maybe you're lamenting the fact that it's the end of the year and there is much left undone. (Incidentally, the core message in this post applies regardless of the time of year.)
You had big plans last January, right? Big goals for your art. That's when you were wearing rose-colored glasses with glitter on them and sipping the New Year's Kool-Aid.
Now you'd rather think about next year and give up on this one. You are so ready for a fresh start. After all, the holidays are upon us and, if we're being honest, very little gets done during the holidays what with all the baking, decorating, wrapping, card-writing, shipping, egg-nogging, and Hallmark-movie-watching (no judgment).
Stop This Nonsense
If this is you, stop it. This is unproductive, and it's no way to run a profitable art business. You can't make progress or maintain momentum if you're effectively writing off more than 5 weeks at a stretch.
Five weeks is plenty of time to make an impact. It's plenty of time to get sh*t done. It's plenty of time to cross a few things off your list.
Every day is precious.
Every day presents an opportunity that you can either grab with gusto or thumb your nose at.
High achievers don't write off weeks at a time because they prefer the excitement of a New Year to the hard work of the current one.
Reevaluate Your Priorities
If you find yourself looking forward to the New Year rather than putting your whole heart into finishing this one in style, you have some difficult questions to answer.
Do you really want an art business? Is being profitable important to you?
Are you committed to your work and sharing your message with the rest of the world?
What are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your goals?
What habits or routines are you willing to change to make room for your art career?
Once you are clear that your art business and career are top priorities, you can dive in. Recommit yourself to a daily schedule. Take ownership of one thing you wanted to get done this year.
Back in September we asked our clients to create a push goal: What is one thing you will achieve in the next few months?
Notice that we didn't ask them for push goals (plural) but for a push goal (singular). We asked them to focus on one thing they could mark off their list.
Our request had a caveat. The push goal couldn't be anything new. Now is not the time to add new goals and projects to your already busy schedule. It's time to commit to finishing something you started.
You can do this exercise at any point in the year, but it is especially relevant right now. And you don't need months. Try it for yourself.
Look at your calendar again. You have 5 whole weeks to focus relentlessly on one big goal you wanted for yourself. Think of how proud you'll be to apply yourself in this manner … to not give up on yourself just because of the date you see in front of you.
What will it be?
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