And I imagine that some people might have tuned out at that point. A ‘Life Purpose Statement’ sounds so daunting, doesn’t it?
I’ve been reading ‘Coaching the Artist Within’ by Eric Maisel and checking out a blog called ‘Life Unfolds‘ by artistic coach, Jennifer Lee, and I was intrigued by the idea of coming up with a plan or principle that guides your artistic life. I was struck with the similarity to coming up with a business goal or plan or vision statement in a business context, and thought why not become more focused in my creative life as well?
I didn’t want to get to the nitty gritty of ‘what strategies will be implemented when’ (a la business planning I’ve been involved with in the past). I have a number of deadlines spread out for the rest of the year, and don’t want to add any more! But a guiding principle broad enough not to trap me with failure but specific enough to be taken into account when making artistic decisions might be helpful.
So I have come up with the following goal: I will support my artistic growth with integrity and positive feeling.
Maybe it needs a little work, but it’s a start. I’ve already been finding it pops into my mind when I’ve been making decisions about what to writenext. It makes me check in with how I feel in my gut, if it feels ‘right’ to continue with this plot point, or if I need to redirect. An interesting exercise.