Are your goals intimidating enough?

If you’ve ever set a goal for yourself, and it didn’t terrify you, it probably wasn’t a big enough goal.

If it was something you felt completely confident you’d achieve, it probably wasn’t a big enough goal.

If it was easy to hold in the palm of your hand, and you felt entirely in control of it, it probably wasn’t a big enough goal.

Goals aren’t always easy to carry. Sometimes they’re (frankly) a bit intimidating and unwieldy. But those are the ones worth going after.

Goals should challenge you. Goals should inspire you. And most of the time, goals should probably intimidate you just a little bit.

Because goals live outside your comfort zone.

(If they were IN your comfort zone, you’d probably have achieved them already, right?)

And things outside your comfort zone are, well, … not … comfortable.

Hence: Slightly intimidating.

  • If I thought it was easy to start an art business, I would have done it years ago.
  • If I thought it was no big deal to draw a commission piece, I wouldn’t get a little nervous every time (every. time.) someone asks me to do a new one.
  • If I thought writing a book was a piece of cake, I wouldn’t STILL be working (and re-re-reworking) on the same story 12 years later.

Goals worth having are all slightly intimidating.

That’s how it’s supposed to be.

And now we have only two months left in the year! It’s officially NOVEMBER (somehow).

What are your goals before 2019 is over?

Me, I’m glad I made it through Inktober successfully — but now comes something even harder than drawing an illustration every single day for a month:

Writing 1,667 words every single day for a month.

Because … National Novel Writing Month is upon us … (she says hesitantly).

Yep, that’s just one of my slightly-intimidating goals kicking off this month.

  • fifty-thousand (50,000!) words for NaNoWriMo
  • four (4!) commissions
  • AND restocking for my two (2!) art shows in December

(I put the numbers in parenthesis just because I’m still trying to wrap my head around them. The commissions are just awesome and I’m excited to do them — and the art shows are happening on THE SAME WEEKEND, so I need to have enough stuff to fill both of them AT THE SAME TIME. That’s a lot of art to make in five weeks. Oy.)

I’m intimidated. I also might be biting off more than I can chew —

But that’s the idea with goals, right? The intimidating ones are the ones worth chasing.

For the last two months of 2019, I intend to chase them.

How about you?

“You either start now, or it is not going to happen for you, and you are going to wake up at seventy years old (or eighty, if you are already seventy) filled with sorrow that you let your dream, your passion, gift, fall by the wayside. You start now, as is.

‘As is’ is the portal to creation, to new life.”

Anne Lamott, for NaNoWriMo

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