3 New Year’s Resolutions for the Creative Professional

Ah, a new year. Some have a bated breath for another year of “excitement.” Others long for days of the mundane, praying for a birthday party at Olive Garden and the color beige.

But for me and my fellow creative professionals, we’re focused on a new year of fresh ideas and possibilities. Whether you’re not usually one for New Year’s resolutions, or you’re a self-proclaimed personal development junkie, here are some ideas for harnessing your creativity and focusing on your goals this new year.

Find Your One Simple Truth

Considering the fast-paced, hyper-connected, multi-tasking world we live in, we can’t expect to harness our creative energy until we find a place to focus it first.

One of our first steps in the creative process is to fully align on a one simple truth. It’s the beacon that guides our creative process. New ideas grow and flow from it, but it helps unite us all around one central idea, bringing us back to the source of what we’re ultimately going to create.

Setting a New Year’s resolution is very much the same – pick one thing and focus on it. One goal, one aspiration, one priority. Then, connect everything you do back to that one simple truth.

Ask Yourself, “How Willing Am I?”

This Harvard Business Review article has great thoughts on this one. When we look at resolutions or how we want to become stronger versions of ourselves — brighter thinkers, creative beings, innovative problem-solvers, and so forth — we need to stay rooted in why we’re doing this in the first place. If it’s not a why you can get behind, dig deeper until you find one you can.

Know Who You Are & Own It

A recent McKinsey article talks about the burnout epidemic – how people from all backgrounds, personality types, and home lives are grappling with the effects of COVID and facing burnout like never before.

Narrowing down your one simple truth is important. Rallying behind your why is important. But ultimately, knowing yourself and exercising your strengths is the most critical component to a successful New Year’s resolution – or accomplishing a goal in general.


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