As mentioned in today’s Art Marketing Action newsletter, a vision for your art career can help you find your path and keep you from making poor or outright wrong decisions.
Here are some additional resources to help you find your vision.
The Top 10 Exercises for Establishing Your Life Vision and Mission
Christine Kane’s “How to Make a Vision Board”
Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles (a perennial favorite with me)
Especially Principles 2, 3, 7, 39, and 57.
How to Discover Your Life’s Purpose from Today’s Leading Experts
Do you have a career vision? How did it come to you? How has it changed?
9 thoughts on “Resources for finding your art career and life visions”
Well, here it is February, and I’m still figuring out my goals – for life! This is a timely post, Alyson, and I have come from a hectic, high pressured month in the studio to find that I need direction now more than ever. Thanks for the suggestions, and for some resources. BTW, it was the best January ever for my art sales, which drives my need for goals all the more.
You might also like to try Steve Pavlina’s “Discover Your Life Purpose in 20 Minutes.” I tried his method and it really worked for me. It might be worth noting that a friend tried it and never got to the “sobbing” point — but I did, and am convinced that this is really a great exercise. http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/01/how-to-discover-your-life-purpose-in-about-20-minutes/
This is indeed a timely post. I try to narrow down my goals but ideas for many of us creatives are like fertile bunny rabbits. They just keep coming.
Alyson, I agree with everything you said. Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” My oldest sister decided at age seven she wanted to sing grand opera. Now in her 60s, she has never wavered from that goal. She sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Lyric Opera in Chicago in her day and teaches budding singers now. I have always admired with an admitted bit of jealousy the single-minded vision she had for her life and career. Most of us are still trying to figure out what we’ll be when we grow up. Your suggestions for using power words to do free association and the other tools are excellent. In my December 26 blog post, I offered readers the link to download a free copy of The Personal Brain: http://barneydavey.blogs.com/printmarket/2007/12/a-free-mind-map.html. It is a terrific mind mapping tool with all kinds of potential. I use it to help me visualize the various projects I’m working on and how they interrelate. It is active on my computer desktop whenever it is turned on and I have found it to be a huge help in a multitude of ways. For those interested, it will be a great asset to carry out some of your sage advice and for many other uses as well. The company offers a weekly free teleseminar to let users understand better how to utliize it.
Please strip out the . after the link in the above comment if you want it to work. Or, just use this one: http://barneydavey.blogs.com/printmarket/2007/12/a-free-mind-map.html Darn technology…love it…grrr…almost hate it. 🙂
Oh, and Barney’s The Personal Brain information…I went to that site and it looks really cool. I haven’t downloaded it yet but I’m very curious, sort of a floating flow chart…I could get lost in there ;>}
Alyson, you have been such a valuable resource over the years I’ve been reading your blog, and today is no exception. When I’m feeling challenged with life and art I know I can go to your blog and find just the “swift kick” that I need. Thanks for pointing the way to get me back on the right map!
Casey: Congratulations on your sales! That’s wonderful. I’m curious as to how the sales came about. Care to share? Catherine: Thanks for the link. I think I visited that page. Did you really do it in 20 minutes? Barney: Thanks for the resource. I’m heading over to your blog as soon as I type this. Seems like I saw that somewhere else. Maybe on your blog. ?? Sue: I’m always here with a foot and swift kick when you need it. All you have to do is ask.
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