157 Down – 209 Left to Go

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of 2012

Are you where you need to be so far this year in your art practice or your life?

Yep, can you believe that it is June already and half of 2012 is nearly gone. Here are some numbers to really make it hit home.

  • Today is the 157th day of the year.
  • 23 weeks have been completed.
  • 13,564,800 seconds have passed.

Whew… what did we do with all of them?

So this is a perfect time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished thus far.

Perhaps it’s time to take out those New Year’s Resolutions or better yet, hopefully you did the A.C.E. (Artistic Compass Exercise) at the beginning of the year.

It’s never too late to course correct and get in alignment with your goals and dreams.

5 Ways to Get Back on Track:

  1. Celebrate All the Progress You Have Made First
    Instead of focusing on the things you haven’t done, get out that paper and write down a big list of things you’ve accomplished thus far.
    Do this for at least 15 minutes. Just brain dump it all out onto paper.

    Now give yourself a big pat on the back, smile, and kick up your heels. See it isn’t all gloom and doom!

  2. Make a List of the Goals and Dreams You Still Have for 2012
    Make this list reasonable and attainable.
    Brain dump it all out and then pick your top 10. Just your top 10.

  3. Next write down all the action steps needed to complete those 10 goals.
    Action steps are even errands, calls, things to purchase….all tasks.

    Write down every single thing that would be required for you to complete that goal. This makes is manageable and there are no unexpected detours or hills to climb.

    I recommend you make each Goal with Action Step a separate page and mindmap it out for success!

  4. Decide What One Thing You Could Do Would Make the Biggest Difference…and do that first!
    Yes, this is probably the thing you have been putting off the most.
    Maybe it’s losing weight so you’d have more energy to do your art.
    Maybe it’s ending a relationship that hasn’t been healthy for you in the first place. Maybe it’s investing in a class or tool even if you don’t have the money to justify it…now.

    This is the FROG.

    Imagine yourself on Survivor. You have 30 seconds to eat that nasty slimy thing. If you had to eat it, you wouldn’t sit and look at it for long or you’d figure out ways to procrastinate or delay it to the point that the frog gets names and becomes your pet. Just do it first and get it over!

    Imagine the confidence and power you’d have if you just took care of that one big thing you’ve been stuffing down inside you, in the back of your closet, or under piles of paper!

  5. Take Action!!!
    You just did the significant part of the job (steps 1-4). The rest is easy. It’s just one foot in front of the other.

    How do you eat an elephant? One small bite at a time.

I love this quote by anonymous ~
"You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."

And then of course, I share with you one of my top 5 quotes by Ben Franklin ~

Plough deep while sluggards sleep - Ben Franklin Quote

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6 Responses to 157 Down – 209 Left to Go

  1. Thank you Tonya for reminding me that it is never too late to begin taking action. I have to keep remembering that imperfect action is still action. Powerful words.

  2. Oh I really needed this. So needed it. Thank you. We all need to take a step back and see what we have done and what we need to do and how to get there. I think we forget that sometimes while we are trying to figure out how to get to the next level. Wonderful article.

  3. This is good stuff Tonya! I am about to go eat the frog in my office, and then the one in my bedroom. (paperwork and bills in the office and then packing to go to Tucson in the bedroom- whoo hoo!) I'll be there for your 5 Ways free class, sitting in Starbucks as there is no internet in our house. Can't wait!

  4. I wonder if I could take that Leap of Faith and eat that frog. I can almost feel the freedom..just have to find the strength. Here's hoping, thanks Tonya!

  5. Thanks for all you do. As i have a hard time trying to remember everything i read so i am grateful to you for inviting me to your on-line class . Thanks again Love your work and your shop.

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