New educational endeavors begin with setting a goal. This goal lends structure to the experience, and defines an exciting endpoint. For some people, and dare we say you, this process is empowering.
You’re taking ownership of your learning, down to the nitty-gritty of who you want to learn from and assignments to take on.
Word to the wise: Particularly in the early stages of your project, be very careful who you share your goal with. Some people can’t wrap their heads around creative goals, and you don’t want that cynicism influencing your decisions or confidence. If you run into critics or nay-sayers, keep in mind that their attitude is likely due to a mindset which you definitely do not share. For example:
- A deeply rooted and dearly held belief that life just happens, and the only thing to do is take the cards that life deals and play your hand. People of this mentality don’t get the connection between effort and results, so they don’t expect their actions to have value to the world. These people don’t make goals because they don’t believe the power is in their hands to achieve them. But it is.
- Fear of failure. This is what happens when a goal becomes an identity issue, instead of an opportunity to explore and push boundaries. If a goal isn’t accomplished, the individual feels personally unaccomplished too.
- Reliance on excuses. Those who claim to be perfectionists will procrastinate eternally, waiting for the “right” opportunity to come along. Those who are perpetually stressed out will wait for more resources, time, or energy. Commitment-phobes will float from one opportunity to another in continual pursuit of greener pastures.
People who don’t have creative goals rarely understand people who do. When you need advice, encouragement, or friends to bounce ideas with, talk to people who speak the same language. If they have a history of taking on creative goals and making things happen, they’ll understand where you’re coming from. Those are the friends to ask for input.
By Laurah Hagen