When you physically write your creative goals down, there’s more chance of you reaching them. Have you ever tried making a list of all the creative things you’d like to try? I.e draw a self portrait, paint a sunset, make a cartoon strip, make a paper flower, collage images, knit a scarf. Your list might be very short which can be helpful as sometimes too much choice is overwhelming. If your list is long, don’t feel obligated to do it all. It’s not a too-do or have-to-do lost, more an inspiration list for you to pick, choose and erase from.
Why write them down? As soon as your thoughts are in physical form, it becomes more than just a thought and you’re more likely to actually do it. Henriette Anne Klauser in Write It Down, Make It Happen encourages “Writing down your dreams and aspirations is like hanging up a sign that says “Open For Business.” And to “Write it down to be clear in your commitment to its possibility, and then activity here will create related movement there. Write it down to make it happen.”
Mary Morrissey’s Huffington Post article explains “if you just THINK about one of your goals or dreams, you’re only using the right hemisphere of your brain, which is your imaginative center. But, if you think about something that you desire, and then write it down, you also tap into the power of your logic-based left hemisphere… Just the act of writing down your dreams and goals ignites an entirely new dimension of consciousness, ideas and productivity to the powerhouse that is your subconscious mind.”
Be specific and avoid being too general. The goal of “be more creative” is too vague to take any action (what does being more creative even look like?). Narrowing it down to say drawing a self portrait means the goal and outcome is clear – draw yourself using pen and paper. Getting specific creates more chance you’ll follow through because the steps for action are concise and easy to follow. A list gives you an immediate task and direction which could move you from just thinking about it, to taking action.