So, it’s a new year which means many of us are making a year long list of resolutions that we intend to achieve and I hope each of you do! I set many goals for myself every day; don’t drink Dr. pepper, don’t eat the donut, don’t yell, don’t lose your cool, choose kindness, WWJD, and may other daily goals that’s just too many to list. I do have one very important goal for myself professionally and personally.
My 2018 goal- Do not let fear of failure consume me.
Professionally, how can I make this happen? STOP BEING AFRAID OF NEW MEDIA. If I’ve never used a particular media before, most likely I’m not going to try it because I’m terrified of hundreds of sad faces and failed projects. One thing I enjoy about being an art teacher is that the students think I’m an art genius ( I can assure you that I’m not), but I mean come on, would you want to see the disappointment on their sweet faces? In college, we’re taught how to teach lessons you can do with your kids, but have I tried some of these with 20-25 students? NO. Do I feel comfortable and confident enough to teach this lesson? NO. So what can I do about it? EDUCATE MYSELF. I can’t expect this change to happen magically. So I have vowed to attend as many conferences, watch as many webinars, listen to as many podcasts, and make as many messes by myself. Not letting fear consume me professionally allows my students to have the best art experience possible in my classroom!
Personally, I could go on and on and on, but I won’t! Something from my top 5 is, STOP BEING AFRAID TO GROW ARTISTICALLY. I love going home to create art, paint, craft, sketch, and color in those fascinating coloring books and I tell myself to start sharing my artwork with people more. I have somewhat done that, but I fear rejection and lose confidence in myself so quickly when something doesn’t go the way I planned. I often feel stuck and that I’m not progressing artistically. So how can I make this better? MAKE ART DAILY. I can’t expect to become this art making genius like my students think I am if I’m not putting in the work to become better!
So, what are your goals year and what are you going to do about it?