| This train captures how I felt towards the end of last year!|
Photo by: Cian Ginty
This is what I must believe for this is where I find myself. Many of my goals were taken off line when family situations and grief derailed me. As a Type A, it's been difficult to find myself at the end of my rope...to be unable to muster energy to be productive. That is how I felt in the last quarter of 2011. Exhausted with no creative energy to envision something else.
And then...2012 began with a great catalyst. One that I happen to have the chance to champion on behalf of my work at the Songwriters Association of Canada. I helped to launch the Canadian Songwriters Social Media Challenge (otherwise known as The Blogging Challenge), whereby I will be following the advice doled out generously by Ariel Hyatt in her book, "Music Success in 9 Weeks," alongside 60 songwriting peers across Canada who are also looking for a breakthrough.
To be honest, I even had to push through resistance just to crack the book open. How many times have I set goals and been disheartened when I failed to bring them to completion. At the same time, how many times did I achieve progress and negate it by focusing on all that I hadn't done. Luckily, the book met me exactly where I am at. It reminded me to celebrate my successes, recognizing that goal-setting can be an ever changing process. My goals are not etched in stone, but they can serve as a compass to direct my time and efforts until they change, at which point, my compass will also readjust.
So I have a slew of goals on hand, some technical, some business, some personal...all of them, well most of them quite achievable if I can focus on taking action steps regularly - 6 of them in fact everyday. That's the magic number Ariel says is achievable for most people. So here I go...
Week 1 of the challenge wasn't so hard. It was an invitation to spend some time with my heart to define where I want to go in the days, weeks and months ahead. I am happy to say, "I did it!" I celebrate the success of this, my first blog entry in the challenge.