This Summer Session we’re going Back to School and thinking about learning, pedagogy, and education. Today we’re featuring an excerpt from The Internet for Artists Handbook, an online resource designed to help creatives with professional development. With article categories like “How to Help Yourself,” “Generating Revenue,” and “The Future,” Creative Capital’s informative Wiki is sure to have practical advice for the autodidact. Below is an excerpt from the article “Personal Goal Setting,” with actionable tips for coming up with one’s own professional plans. This article was originally published October 10, 2012. 

via Creative Capital Professional Development Program.

via Creative Capital Professional Development Program.

Personal Goal Setting is an important part of shaping how you use the information contained in this Wiki! Goals are integral to helping you to formulate a plan of action and prioritize.

A strong and clearly-defined goal has these five qualities:

1. Goals are quantifiable, measurable, falsifiable. Goals can be measured and often include specific numbers and timelines. It’s good to also have a specific date in mind too. Keep in mind, once the date or timeline has passed, will you be able to falsify (prove the statement false) your goal as stated?

2. Goals use a declarative sentence. They are not a question or a fragment.

3. Goals are written down. Writing down a goal greatly increases your chance of achieving.

4. Goals don’t include the word “and”. This is not a to-do list or a laundry list. Long lists usually indicate that you have included several goals in one statement or that you have already started to list the steps necessary to achieve your goal.

5. Goals should stretch you. Goals should challenge you. When you conceive of a goal, see if you can state your biggest goal out loud to yourself in the mirror without laughing.

Read the full article here.