I just finished a scouting trip to Joshua Tree National Park with a good friend of mine. He’s leading a group there in a couple of weeks. Haven’t spent much time together in the past few months, so it was a good chance to catch up.
Our discussions recharged my determination to develop five significant goals I will focus on in the coming year. I realize my choices may or may not be applicable to you, but I hope that this post will help you to create your own concrete, actionable goals.
1. Action Plan: I’m writing a new action plan – and learning from last year’s experiences, I will include additional concrete, measurable business goals (increasing stock/licensing sales, sales of fine art prints, and expanding my fine art reproduction business).
2. Creative People: I want to find opportunities to spend more time with creative people, get involved in their stories, projects, and dreams for the future. This is one of the best ways I know to recharge and be inspired.
3. Break Out of the Comfort Zone: I’ve already scheduled more time in the next few months for new kinds of personal photography work. I’m also going to go back to giving myself “assignments” when time permits to shake things up.
4. Get Help: just booked a project with a design consultant, who is going to help me make my blog and web site easier to use. We’re also going to improve “web visibility”: recharge indexing by the search engines of my written work and images, create more effective incoming and outgoing links, and improve the PR cycle.
5. Continuing Education: I’m particularly interested in very long exposures at night using digital capture, learning new, perhaps unconventional lighting techniques, and further expanding my skills in Photoshop and Lightroom.
Ambitious goals, but I think they are achievable. One trick I’ve learned is to put them on my calendar as part of my scheduling. In other words, make appointments with myself. Seems to work.
Finally, I have to thank all those who have helped me along in the past year. Workshop students, in particular, have a way of asking questions that challenge and inspire me to do better. Colleagues and business partners have been bringing me projects and assignments that are frequently out-of-the-box, and these help remind me to listen actively and understand.
Final note: I’ve updated my workshop schedule for 2010. You can find it via the tab at the top of this page, or use this link for the workshop schedule.
Happy New Year, and good luck to all!