The more I live the more convinced I am that you generally get what you are pointing at. Knowing what you want and where you want to go, is one of the best predictors of what you will actually achieve. So it kinda matters what you point at– what your goals are.
But I have to confess, I find goals difficult. I am not motivated, generally speaking, by a grand vision. I bump along, and follow my nose to whatever next interesting thing is going on in my life. I am not an empire builder. Don’t get me wrong, I want to make a mark on the world, and I am more than willing to work for it. It’s just that when it comes down to defining what mark I want to make, I find it difficult.
At one point I wanted to be a professional bicycle racer. Later I aspired to a legal career. After that I wanted to be a pastor. Then I landed on professional photographer and media production/marketing. Within that goal I had a vision of helping other creatives, especially young creatives find a way to put their energy and creativity to work for real world clients. That goal is one I’ve chipped away, but so far that nut hasn’t been crackable–at least not by me.
Today I’m back at it trying to re-imagine my vision into some kind of goal. I have realized that my goal of traveling and my goal of working in creative production should probably be combined, that very much sounds like an adventure I’d like to be part of. Exactly how to do that isn’t clear though, nor even the specific shape of my goal, or what I’m aiming at.
On the other hand, a traveling creative could very much be the beacon star I’ve been looking for. What can I do to facilitate that? I want to live that life, and I know I’m not the only one. So what does it take? It does seem like the internet would be an ideal way to connect creative talent with opportunities, at least theoretically.
I’ve used this blog to brainstorm, I’ll start a new category for this. And I also realized I need a photog class blog. So I better get that going too.