Monday Motivator: Let Go of Goals in 2024

Monday Motivator

“In many cases, specific goals can limit your learning opportunities. Some of the most interesting discoveries we make are serendipitous. Tinkering, playing, experimenting, trying new things are all intrinsically rewarding activities which don’t need an end goal to bring you enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.

“Learning to let go of your goals is about keeping space in your life for doing things just for the sake of it, not because it neatly fits into a grander scheme. …

“Most goals can be transformed into sustainable systems based on enjoying the process rather than obsessing over the end result.”

Anne-Laure Le Cunff, “The Science of Learning to Let Go“, Ness Labs

Let’s not pretend that 2024 will be the year we’ll paint or draw every single day, nor use the less-enjoyed art materials gathering dust in the corner, nor read every word in tomes on famous dead artists and not mainly the captions to the illustrations, nor turn failed paintings into magnificent collages, nor any other kind of “must-do” that lurks in the shadows of our artistic minds.

Let 2024 be a year of “what if I…?” attempts, not being bothered by “unfinished” or “abandoned” explorations but embracing what they taught us, focusing on attempting, and our bravery in creating something from a blank starting point (paper or canvas).

And to give away or swap ignored materials and tools so someone else can play with them, without too many thoughts about what they cost us (that’s money long gone) or clinging to the “but one day I might” fantasy (set a time limit of say, five years, or a quantity limit).

One Reply to “Monday Motivator: Let Go of Goals in 2024”

  1. Great post and very timely. Happy New Year to you and Alastair. I saw a post on fb today that I might adopt as a motto. “ Don’t blame yourself or others, learn feng shui and blame the furniture”.

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