Friday, September 11, 2009

Goal Setting

One day Martha Graham, who was an American dancer and choreographer, said very quietly:
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
How truly and beautifully said! Her words made me remember that I have that vitality, the life force, energy moving in me all the time and putting me into action (like now it made me start to a design program). Maybe world is already full of graphic designers or digital artists but there is only me, only one of me in all of time. So my personal goal, here, is to unblock my unique expression and don't let it lost! Since there is no way for me to determine how good I am or how valuable what I did, my only focus would be just to keep my channel open and let that life force and energy move, in and out. And I know that when action is pure and selfless, everything settles into its own perfect place.
But...On the way to achieve this very personal goal, I do need some measurable steps to know that I am still on the track walking with a concentration and discipline. So at the end of 9 months, I would expect myself to,
-- Use Illustrator, Photoshop and In Design proficiently and take any design challenge without being afraid.
-- Learn conceptual thinking and add more creativity to my photography.
-- Build a solid and authentic portfolio.
-- Build my own website and manage it without being in need of any other person.
-- Get connected with my class, play and have fun with them :)
My source of inspiration?
Could be anyone and anything I come across with on my journey and help me tap into creative source within myself.