So, you’ve got a clear vision and a CPR (a statement of the results you want from your work , what your purpose is, and the context you’d like to pursue your results in.) Now, what, Ms. Creativity Coach? If you’re at all like me and like to create big visions for yourself, you can get awfully excited and awfully overwhelmed by it all.
Questions arise, like, “Where do I start?” and “Which is the best, most effective task to perform at this moment?” The intensity of the wonderful vision you have created for yourself can become another block to having what you want if you let it overwhelm you! (It’s easy in moments of overwhelm to lose sight of goals and get lost in distractions like over-checking email…)
Take some time to brainstorm the steps that will bring you from where you are now to where you want to be breaks everything up into manageable chunks. And if you are someone with a lot of different goals and a lot of different projects all in play, drawing a tree of possible courses of action can be really helpful in visualizing what steps you need to take to arrive at your aims. Then, you can choose which “branch” you want to focus some time on, take specific actions, and see measurable results. And whenever necessary, you can re-assess.
Perhaps you’re a violinist, and you know you want to get more work playing the violin. One possibility branch for getting more work would involve networking with other musicians at parties or at the symphony… Another possibility branch would involve building a website, posting examples of your work online, and attracting customers through internet searches. Yet another possibility branch could be learning new pieces of music and auditioning in different cities. Of course, the knowledge of your tree branches will evolve as you grow, but you will create a great picture of how to achieve your goals. And then you can build a treehouse.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” -Les Brown