Happy New Year Creative Friends,
I always want to say Happy New You because New Year is the time we traditionally think about how we want to do things differently. Even if we as humans resist change, even a tiny bit of change can impact our lives on a massive scale.
Think of a decimal point: Tiny, insignificant dot on a piece of paper.
Change the decimal point in .1000 to 1000. and things get interesting, especially if you are talking money.
I don’t like New Years Resolutions much, so much that I created a workshop called Resolution Revolt. More about that later.
I used to set my self up for failure every year by making grand promises that I couldn’t keep so here is my tip about this if you are inclined to make resolutions.
Make tiny resolutions that you have a chance of keeping. You can use these to balance out the ones that might be more difficult.
Here are some examples of tiny resolutions that I am trying.
- I resolve to use the color red in my art work on the next three pieces.
- I resolve to clean the screen on my laptop before I can no longer see the cursor.
- I resolve to take at least two naps a week. (Falling asleep at my computer does not count.)
These I can do. These feel good to me. They are tiny little actions that can make a big difference just like the tiny little decimal point. They meet all the standard goal setting criteria of S.M.A.R.T. goals. Smart Goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
When I set these goals, I don’t get a lot of grief and lip from my internal critic, Blockhead.
Creativity Energizer Break: You know what I am going to say. Pick three tiny goals that can make a difference in your creativity and make sure they are ones that you can easily do. Success breeds success.
If your Blockhead starts telling you that you can’t or won’t do this goal, then you are setting a different kind of goal.
For those kinds of goals that provoke your Blockhead to admonish you for even thinking of such impossibilities, I have got a workshop for you.
I am offering an online Resolution Revolt Workshop January 12, 19, and 26 at 7:00 CST. The greatest threat to setting a goal and following through is your own internal critic. Join me as we revolt against your Blockhead and the traditional ways of trying to keep your resolutions past February.
For more information here is the link: