Does goal setting really work? I doubt it 🤥

Jan 9, 2024 | Blog, Julie's Weekly

Finding your JOY is not a selfish pursuit,
it’s a world changing decision!

“Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not twenty years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.”
~ Debbie Millman

We have just set out on another journey around the sun. Happy New Year everyone!

The new year is the time we’re supposed to talk about GOALS, GOALS, GOALS! But to be perfectly honest, I’ve always found goal setting to be a terribly dry and boring topic.

Goal setting is something I’ve always resisted because… well… that’s for other artists, you know, the ones who aren’t reaching their goals. 😬

Then I took an honest look at my life and art and tried it. It took 30 minutes and…

wait for it…

I wrote my goals down. 😲

And…BAM! My studio practice changed.

Something MAGICAL and POWERFUL happened when I wrote down a few simple goals. I kid you not!

Within days I found myself painting more, with purpose and focus, feeling more optimistic, and surprisingly less stressed.

I felt the weight of expectation lift off my shoulders and the joy of creating found it’s way back into my studio. How can something so simple have had so much impact?

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
~ Tony Robbins

It got me thinking about the power of intention, writing goals down is an act of intention, it’s like planting seeds of actual, real, potential.

The act of physically recording your goals sets a chain of events in motion.

As you stride into the new year, take a moment to IMAGINE your future. The next week, month, 6 months, can you envision the changes you want to see in your work, your mindset, your studio practice?

🚩 Here’s the kicker… these are YOUR goals, not the goals you think you should have, not the goals your friends/collectors/galleries have for you, not the goals other artists have for themselves, this is not a list of to-dos or responsibilities, these are YOUR ACTUAL, DEFINABLE GOALS, based on your hopes, dreams, preferences, and boundaries.


  • What does your morning routine look like?
  • What skills have you improved or acquired?
  • Where is your art hanging?
  • How do you feel about your work?

I invite you, no I urge you, to create a list of goals, of progress, growth, and change you truly want to become your reality.

Think big or think small, it’s up to you.

At Mastrius, we’re a community of dreamers who get sh*t done!

We’ve learned the importance of leaning into our hopes for the future, because pursuing our dreams and passions is a way to show up and really engage with this life and with each other, in the most real and honest way. And it’s where we find our JOY. And when we find our joy, we heal, we grow, and the world becomes a better place. Truly.

There’s purpose to our work.

So, get your favorite notebook or grab the Base Membership FREE TRIAL and log onto MyStudio (your personal online studio space that has a section to log your goals), and start planning without holding back.

2024 is going to be a year of artistic breakthroughs and I hope we get to experience that together!

In team with you,
Julie deBoer

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