Business of Art : The Power of Written Goals

Back in May I opened up a new document in Google Drive (ie. my brain that resides out of my body) and started with the heading:
Big Goals.

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At the time, it didn't seem terribly significant. It felt like of a brain dump of hopes and dreams rather than a serious business strategy session.

As I write this it's early September. Four months have passed and I'd like to share my  list.

  • Art Exhibition?
    • Done: The Cafe on Broadway, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas
      • Upcoming Hello Sessions at The Cleaners in Portland, Oregon
  • Sale prints?
    • Sold at events and soon online.
  • License work.
    • Not yet. But I'm growing my portfolio and it's staying on the list.
  • Illustrate for clients
    • I've contacted the folks who run the Watermelon Festival in my home town. I entered (and didn't win) the King Biscuit Blues Festival Poster Center. I've started talks about illustrating a local map.
  • Society 6
    • I've decided against pursuing this.
  • Painting in Public Partnerships
    • Done: Springdale Summer Soiree 
      • Upcoming: Trails and Rails Monarch Festival, Springdale, Arkansas and Art Around Town, Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Talk to a gallery:
    • Meeting scheduled for the Tuesday after I write this.

The point of this list is to remind myself the power that goals can hold when they are written down.

What I find especially telling is the fact that on my document I wrote myself notes like, "Talk to Susan about..." or "Check with Robert..." but those small factors played almost no role in making these things happen. In fact, the broader and less-specific my goal was, the less intimidating it was. I work much better in low intimidation situations and that freedom allowed me the movement to go forward.

I'd love to know:
What's on your list?