Define Your Goals

Take the time to identify what you would like to accomplish, and you will be halfway toward that goal.

I know this because it has worked for me. Getting clarity on my target allows me to focus my efforts and not spin my wheels unnecessarily. My energy and time are not scattered –  but instead they are concentrated, even magnified toward achieving that articulated objective. If you keep a journal that might be a place to write such an intention. Once the goal is stated, your path will be illuminated.

As an example, if your aim is to create a series of artworks around a specific unifying theme, you could then devise a plan of action to do just that. Your plan might include these sorts of steps – taking initial journal time to uncover a meaningful subject; then you might find the need to do a certain amount of research to gain expertise in order to to address that topic; after which you might have to locate some new materials and tools to do the work you are envisioning; and last of all you would likely want to set aside an appropriate allotment of time to do the work involved in creating your series.

So the crucial issue is to identify your goal, then plan the steps needed to achieve it, and finally do the work. You will be surprised how many of your goals can actually be reached once they are defined.


Ponder, © 2018, Joanne Beaule Ruggles, Acrylic, collage, and ink on paper, 19 x 13″. The map underpinning this portrait, suggests someone who is looking into the future and planning or charting their way forward. Could it be you?