Top Tip: Use the ‘Defining Success’ exercise to boost your motivation and focus
by Ellen O’Hara
‘Success’ means different things to different designer- makers. Defining success help to five you focus and make better informed decisions about how you develop your business and practice. This exercise helps get the thought process going.
Exercise: Defining success – the bigger picture
- Ask yourself “What does my ideal future look like?” Picture what lifestyle you are leading and how your practice has evolved. Imagine how you are feeling to really bring the picture to life.
- Now, make a list of the rewards you hope to gain from your business. Be as specific as you can and include personal, creative and financial rewards e.g. ‘Having a home based studio in the country’, ‘Making a full time living from my practice’, ‘Gaining a global reputation as a leader in my field’. Use images too if you wish.
- Come back to the exercise a few days later and review your notes. You might want to tidy them up and create a visual representation or clear list that you can keep as a visual reminder of what success means to you.
- Be sure to refer back to these notes on a regular basis. Use them to help form the basis of your business vision and goals.
The designer-makers I worked with in the Creating an Outline Business Plan Workshop series this February used a mixture of drawings, diagrams or in words to record their ‘bigger picture’. Some now have them pinned up in their studios, to look at whenever they need to refocus.
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Work pictured by Tania Clarke Hall
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