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While the new year is still young, many of us are thinking about our goals and what we want to achieve in 2015. Some of us may want to increase our social media followers, book x amount of clients, or start an online shop. The future looks bright and you are ready to take on the year. However, for some of us, these goals stay as just that – goals. Half way through the year, we’ve forgotten our goals or maybe even changed our goals. How do we get back on track? How do I set goals I can achieve? What’s paramount in achieving our goals is evaluating our situations, determining what’s holding us back, and creating a solution that will propel us.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am the type of person who wants to seize every opportunity. New projects and adventures excite me and it doesn’t take much for me to become invested in what I am currently involved in. And I am a perfectionist, to boot. These qualities resulted in a heaping plate of to-do lists and commitments. I was thankful for the opportunities but I was being distracted and pulled away from what I truly wanted to achieve – a creative business of my own. My current situation was becoming detrimental to my creativity. In fact, I was just going through the motions and trying to be all things to all people.
Something needed to change. I needed to scale back. I was burnt out. Giving all my time and energy into projects for others meant placing my dreams on the back burner and it was holding me back. It wasn’t easy to admit this to those who I was working with. I felt selfish and that I had failed them. Thankfully, they understood and helped me find solutions to cover the work I was doing. A huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders and I felt free and re-energized. Scaling back on my project load was the solution to creating an environment where I can focus on my dreams and goals.
So how does this help us cultivate our creativity? If your situation isn’t ideal for you dreams to grow, then you must be the one to change it. I love this quote I saw on Pinterest the other day :
“The grass is green where you water it.”
That’s the simple truth of this whole post. If we want our creativity, and thus our dreams, to flourish then we must take care of it; we must water it.
And you do that by constantly evaluating your situation. Is it bringing you closer to you goals? Does it cultivate your creativity? In other words, does it help you grow? If your answer is no, then find what’s holding you back, and make a change – water where you want to grow and you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals.
What do you think? How you do you evaluate yourself? Have you been in a similar situation?