The main reason I set crafty goals is not to motivate myself to achieve them, but so that I can explore my motivations and learn from them. While reflecting on my goals from 2016, I found myself recognising how strongly my sensory preferences had impacted on both my motivation and satisfaction levels this year. Fascinating for me. Boring for you.
So rather than wittering on about me, I thought I’d chuck some questions at you that, if you wish to use them, can help you reflect on what you did and didn’t achieve last year.
Because as creativity coach of fifteen years, my brain doesn’t just like to poke around in my own psychology, it also likes to encourage others to explore how their thinking is influencing their creativity.
Here’s a few questions – if you’re not a goal setter, just remove the word goal. If you are a goal setter, focusing on your goals in question 2 – 4 is likely to yield more useful results.
- What was your most satisfying creative achievement of 2016?
- What creative goal did you achieve, but were disappointed in the outcome of?
- What creative goal were you most disappointed you didn’t achieve?
- What creative goal(s) were you quiet happy you didn’t achieve?
For each answer ask: ‘What are the reasons this was so satisfying/disappointing?’ Don’t just look for one reason for each answer. Keep drilling down and look for what deeper motivations drove your success and ‘failures’. You may well see patterns emerging or find yourself nodding you head and saying, ‘Of course, I knew that.’
Even if you don’t set formal goals for 2017, use what you find to embrace the creative pursuits you love, avoid working on ones you don’t really enjoy, or setting yourself up for failure.
Back to the knitting next week…