Things have been crazy and tough this year. It was exciting to publish my book, but everything is moving at a slow pace. I’m waiting for my trademark to be approved. I’m waiting for my book to be released on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. And most of all, I’m waiting for the world to return to a place with gatherings and hugs! But while I wait, I wear a mask when I’m out and I’m journaling. Each day I start my journaling with my accomplishments from yesterday, what I created, what I organized, and what was my act of kindness. This keeps me in a space of hope!
be well. be bold. be audacious.
Hot off the press! An Audacious Plan is now available! You can order online from Lulu.com by clicking here. Also, available on Amazon.
Success is personal. Standing naked in front of a mirror kind of personal. Standing naked in front of a mirror shutting out all of society’s voices on what you should be and what you should want. What makes YOU happy? What is YOUR definition of success for you and your business or your project. Not what others expect from you, but what YOU want for YOU. Is it “fire your boss” and turn your hobby into a full time business? Is it devoting more time to your art or project? Is it to teach your craft to others? Is it a large project you keep putting off that you want to complete? If you were to accomplish that vision, what would that look like?
Consider a painter, success could be selling art at an art fair or a gallery or having a piece purchased by a large commercial card company or being commissioned to paint a mural on the side of a building or creating a design to promote a charity or maybe just sell enough through a website to pay for supplies with a little extra. Ask a painter what their vision of success is. You may find there are as many answers at there are colors of paint.
It is so important that as individuals, we define our own success…as that success is OURS and ours alone. What will your success look like? Consider what the definition of success that others have had for you and what impact that may have had on you. Throw aside those expectations that others have for you, and begin to find your own personal definition of success.
How will you define and then drive your success?
~notes from An Audacious Plan workshop
Creating a welcoming space that ecourages creativity is vital to successful facilitation.
Strategic Planning? What is it? It’s imagining your dream. Then it’s defining it. Looking at it from all angles to see what might get in the way and then making a plan to overcome obstacles and move towards your vision. It should inspire you…maybe scare you a bit…and provide you with a path to get you to your vision. It’s not a business plan, but it is a step before a business plan.
I am writing a book...a workbook really. Through my experience teaching and facilitating, I love helping other realize what is possible! My book project is called An Audacious Plan: Strategic Planning for Artists, Creatives, Solo Practitioners and Visual Planners. It is meant to help develop a plan or next steps. It’s not a business plan, but could be the process and steps before a business plan. I’m doing a trial run of the book through a workshop. I’d love to have you join me! Find all of the details at http://www.audaciousmonkey.com/audacious-plan-workshop.html
My new term...urban fable. It’s those stories we tell that contain examples of lessons learned. They are based loosely on fact, a case study or research paper that has been told so many times and shortened to a brief tale, modified slightly by each storyteller with creative descriptions to maximize impact. In the end, the lesson is clearer, the story is memorable, and the original facts are a little more blurred. But I think it’s ok, because the intent of providing a clear example and teaching a lesson has been accomplished, as long as it’s understood that in the telling of the story, the detailed facts have been lost along the way.
As some of you know, I am writing a book. Specifically, a workbook designed to help artists, creatives, visual learners, and solo practitioners create their own strategic plans. I’m titling it An Audacious Plan.
Writing is tough, but fun and exciting! I’m hoping to get my draft far enough along to run some trial run workshops late fall or early winter. The workbook combines my business experience and my facilitation skills to provide the reader with visuals and fun exercises to create achievable goals! I think success is defined by each of us and I try to provide tools to help each reader to define their unique success story!
Thanks for reading!