I don’t know about you but there’s something about the prevalence of articles on goal setting at this time of year that brings out my inner 3 year old. The one that stamps her feet and says ‘No!’ It’s that instinctive resistance towards doing something just because somebody else said you should.

After all it’s January, it’s cold, and to be honest leaving the house from time to time to get in some groceries is my primary goal.

However as the week slowly blossoms I find myself emerging from my shell. Not only have I begun skimming over one or two of these articles, I now have the audacity to write one myself.

Although it’s not strictly speaking about goal setting. It’s a quick little exercise to set the foundation for your year ahead.

Y’know that time when you’re just drifting off to sleep or when you begin to awake, that’s when your brain is at its creative peak. It’s called the hypnagogic state. (I can’t remember where I learnt that but it’s never left me. Such a great word.)

Tonight when you drift off to sleep think about how you wish to FEEL in 2015. Not what you want to do, not all those boxes that need to be ticked, not anything that you’re striving for, aiming for, just how you want to feel.

Think about it. Are the things you want more about the feelings they bring? Is the new car, new wardrobe or new partner about feeling in control, feeling confident, feeling loved?

Tomorrow jot down the thoughts that sprung to mind.

Now you know what I’m going to say next. That’s right. Get out some paper, stick it on the wall and start drawing big.

Think of a visual to represent each feeling that you came up with. If you had to describe the feeling in a game of Pictionary what would you draw?

Remember it doesn’t have to look ‘arty’ or ‘perfect’ in any way. You don’t even have to show this to anyone if you don’t want to (though it can form the basis of a fun game!)

You’ll be amazed at the clarity a visual will bring. It will stick in your mind over and above any block of text, list or note scribbled in the back of your diary.

Now find a place in your house or office to hang your work so that it catches your eye on a regular basis. The inside door of your wardrobe is a good place for this. It’s private (usually) and it’s a door you’ll open every day (that’s right, pyjama season is officially over…).

Enjoy and let me know how you get on.

Till next time,

Emer

P.S. If you wish to learn more ways to draw big, do join me for Secrets of Simple Graphics on September 5th. See you then!