“All things are created twice; first mentally; then physically. The key to creativity is to begin with the end in mind, with a vision and a blueprint of the desired result”
Several years ago I read the above quote in Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I remembered it throughout the years, but it wasn’t until I undertook a project that I envisioned and made a reality this week, that the quote really resonated with me. In January of this year, I wrote in my journal that I wanted to create inspirational artwork to decorate my house. I gave myself the deadline of completing this project by April 2017.
Today is April 15, 2017 and I finished the project on April 12th. I created 5 canvas paintings for my living area and 3 for my bathroom to remind me to stay positive. I learned many lessons about moving from conception of an idea to achievement that I want to share with you.
Lessons from Conception to Achievement:
- Write your vision down: I not only wrote in my journal what I wanted to accomplish, but I was very specific. I wrote down the phrases I wanted on each canvas, I sketched how I wanted them to look, I even arranged them on a page in an order of how I wanted them to be on my walls. It’s important to be as specific as possible and to give yourself a deadline. If you’ve read the book Write it Down Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser, then you know the power of writing down your goals.
- Take Baby Steps Often: Rome wasn’t built in a day. When you are working on your goals and dreams take small steps toward your goals. This helps you to see progress and makes attainment more manageable. One day I bought my canvases, paint brushes and easel. Another day I bought my paint. On Monday I sketched my designs on the canvases, Tuesday I painted the pictures for the living area, and Wednesday I painted the bathroom pictures, made final touch-ups to all paintings, and hung them on the walls.
- Realize the Process: It is a process from going from conception to reality. Just as when a woman is pregnant, it takes nine months for her baby to grow and develop. It will be a process for you to birth whatever your vision is. My “bright idea” to create my art, took many “ all day adventures.” This is the term I use when an event takes an extremely long amount of time. It took me several days and hours to create my paintings and hang them on the walls.
- Express Gratitude: When I finished all of my paintings and saw them hanging on the wall, I was in awe. I felt so blessed that God gave me the vision, the tools and time to create it, and the will to carry it through. I thought to myself that my paintings showed “the dopeness that is Tanika Monique.” God blessed me with a dope gift that I used to beautify my home. I was proud of myself of course, but more importantly I was grateful to God for blessing me in such a great way. I don’t know what you believe in. But once you achieve your goal, be grateful that you did that!
Let me know in the comment section below what dreams have you made a reality. I wish you all the best.
Always & Forever
Forever & Always