It’s all too easy to forget how far we’ve come when we’re striving for something.
It’s even EASIER to do that when there’s no hard and steady target at the end.
I’m a big believer in the milestone and accumulative goal strategy. Like a lot of people, it’s very difficult for me to visualize what my ‘ultimate goal’ looks like, or even to verbalize. How in the world do you visualize something that doesn’t exist yet?
I’ve never been the first in my class in anything. In fact, I was much more likely to be the kid who had to stay in on lunch, afterschool, and staying up late trying to finish a project so I could get a barely passing grade. I’m very familiar with failure and all the disillusion it brings.
And I’m somewhat grateful for it. It’s the reason why I’m experience oriented and can appreciate the lows just as much as the highs. I always have fun along the way.
With the New Year fast approaching and resolutions spreading like wild-fire, I feel pressured to nail down some goals and reflect on what I’ve accomplished so far. I started thinking about this a few days ago when I read this post from a very insightful blog I read. Up until very recently, I haven’t been results driven at all. A results driven mindset is something I’m aiming for in 2018. I’m not thinking of it as a ‘new’ mindset, more like a complimentary one to my experience driven mind.
A Results mind is a puzzle – An Experience Mind is a freehand drawing.
When drawing or learning any new craft (or really anywhere in life) – the best way to learn is to be curious, try different things, copy, and make lots and lots of mistakes along the way. This is where I feel like I’ve been for the past several years – and now it feels like the time to put those pieces together. ...and still keep the curiosity alive.
I usually takes the slow route to something, inspecting and dissecting a thing from every angle before putting it to use. I love processing an idea until it’s mush. In a way, I almost dread actually achieving a goal because that’s the end of analysis – what if I’ve overlooked something? What if I didn’t understand something thoroughly enough? What if I missed a connection? These are the haunting thoughts I have to fight with faith that I’ll be enlightened along the way even after it’s over.
I’ve progressed quite a ways in design since the beginning – definitely not any where close to being at the ‘top of the class’, but enough so that I’m proud of myself and confident in my skills and even more than that – my ability to learn and keep learning.
Lessons of 2017:
- Dedicated more time into hard skills like drawing and writing
- Better organized myself and my projects using Trello and Wunderlist
- Strengthened my skills in InDesign (aka – my ‘spider’ of design software)
- Strengthened my speaking skills by doing a slew of Live Streams on facebook
- Teamed up with a webdesigner friend to develop my website
- Explored being a Project Manager for a Print Company
- Earned Around $8,000 via UpWork, LinkedIn, and Personal Outreach
- Developed a personal fun project to keep myself motivated for all the boring projects that pay bills
- Connected (and kept connections) with more people in my field
- Developed stronger connection with family and friends thanks to my live streams, Glide, and reaching out
Goals for 2018:
- Adopt schedules and set/meet deadlines
- More TBA on Friday 😉