Taking the Big Leap of Faith
The new year is just a couple of days away, and I have zero New Year's resolutions.
Yep. I'm that gal.
I don't believe in them — less than half of people who make New Year's resolutions actually follow through with them anyway. Also, it's about making goals to improve your life every day — not just once a year.
That being said, a couple of months ago I decided one of my life goals is to start an art business. It's scary, taking that big leap of faith to start something new, exciting and a little crazy. Mind you, I know better than to quit my day job...I'm an artist, not a hippie!
At first, there was elation from the revelation of a new life goal — but then the buzz killington began to creep in. So many unpleasant questions began popping up. Boring un-artsy questions, like: Where am I going to get prints?
Will people like my art?
What the heck are business taxes and who does them?
You know, the stuff they don't teach you in school.
Despite an anxiety-fueled self-inquisition, I kept at it. Though, in hindsight I made one huge mistake: I set an unrealistic deadline for myself. So, after the frustration and even more anxiety, I broke down the goals into something that wouldn't fit into some unrealistic box that had to be completed by the end of the year, but as lifetime goals.
Long term goals take long-term deadlines.
There, I said it.
That's why I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, because they're big goals that shouldn't be set on one day over the course of a year. They should be life changes that don't just involve a number, but a change in environment. They take being gentle with yourself and a lotta self-love.