Ok so you’ve got your ideas down and you know where you’re going, what’s next?
STEPS. One thing I learned very quickly is how to plan ahead. I often found myself stumped with a thousand things going on in my head and no idea where to start. It’s important to make a list of steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals, big or small.
This is how I made my lists:
- I listed the big steps I needed to take. For example, I needed to find fabric for my designs.
- I listed the baby steps I needed to take in order to achieve the big steps. These are tasks that can be completed. For example, I researched fabric distributors and spoke to local designers as one of my baby steps.
So now you have your goals (the main aspects of making your business a success), your big steps and your baby steps. These things really helped me in planning my days and weeks ahead because I had all my tasks mapped out and ready.
What if you don’t know what the steps are that you need to take? This is a tough one I think most people struggle with, me included (big time).
One thing I know for sure is that you have to be committed to your goal in order to achieve it. If you want to run a marathon, you must to train. If you want to learn how to play guitar, you must practice. If you want to be a successful illustrator, you have to draw.
Malcolm Gladwell said in his book ‘Outliers’ that it takes roughly 10 000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. How’s that for commitment?
There have been many times when Matt (my husband) has pushed me into my office and encouraged me to go write or design when I've been feeling down. In order to reach our goals we need to be committed to them, everyday.