The most important thing in life – not just in art – is to know where you’re going. This may seem like a simple enough thing, but let me tell you, most all of us struggle with it at one time or another.
Being creative souls, it is sometimes easy for us to get pulled off track. You may be doing really well, heading in precisely the right direction, then WHAM! Someone comes along with a super cool, creative and fun idea that totally hits on one of your interests. You jump in and off you go, headed in a different direction.
Getting involved in other people’s projects – whether they be short films, online businesses or multi-level marketing ventures – may be fun and sound cool at the time, but, if they do not fall in line with the direct path you have carved out for your life, precede with caution.
The first, most important thing to do for yourself in your life is to take the time to figure it out. What is your purpose in life? What are you about? What is the effect you want to have on this world? Once you have that sorted out, you can start figuring out how you plan to accomplish this.
An example could be:
I want to make the world a better place by making people laugh.
Good. That is your purpose. Simple enough. Now, you need to figure out how you intend to do this. What are some ways you can fulfill your purpose? These are your goals.
Using the same example from above, your goals could look something like this:
Be a successful, paid stand-up comic.
Have my own Comedy Central special.
Have my own sitcom.
Produce feature films in the comedy genre.
Okay, so you have your purpose and your goals now. But how does that have to do with your every day decisions? Well, every decision you make must now be in line with these goals and purposes that you have set up.
You work at a job that pays your bills and allows you to do stand-up comedy in your free time. That works toward your goals in some way. But then, you start helping a friend with a new start-up business in medical billing. Now all your free times is devoted to this new business and you are no longer doing your stand-up. You are going to have to make a decision to get back on the right path.
Look at where you are right now and where you want to be. Now, figure out what you have to accomplish to get from here to there. Make a plan and keep it in mind.
Then, write your goal on a post-it note and put it on your mirror in your bathroom. This should be one of the first things you see in the morning and one of the last things you see at night – every single day. Keep your goal in mind at all times and you will always make all decisions based on this goal.
There are a lot of great distractions in this world – most of which you can live without. The thing you can’t live without is the accomplishment of your own goals and fulfillment of your purpose. Don’t live other people’s lives by fulfilling other people’s goals. Helping others is great, but don’t lose sight of why you are here. It’s your life. So make it yours.
Stay hungry and stay Well-Fed.
– C.R. Cohen.
Chelsea Cohen’s love affair with words and the arts has lead her on a lifelong journey as a poet and writer and an art activist, founding Artists Underground, to bring networking, resources and advice to artists, and joining forces with Soapbox Nation to provide creative career consultations and artist services to help artists get further faster.