How setting high goals for yourself can help you find your muse
"NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE TELL YOU, WORDS AND IDEAS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD."
In order to find your muse, you might have to set the creative bar as high as possible. Aspiring to achieve what may seem like an impossible dream will motivate you to find the creative energy and aptitude to achieve your goals. Do not be afraid to think big and do not let you first failed attempt at greatness keep you from trying it a second time.
Set the bar high
“I want to have a mid-level management position within a large corporate firm”
“I want to be only somewhat successful and not stand out of the crowd.”
“I want to write a book that only my parents and girlfriend take the time to read”
“I want to sell 50 copies of my CD and then keep the rest in the trunk of my car for traction.”
When you were young and people asked you what you wanted to be when you finally grew up (at about 30 or so), you generally did not answer the question with apathetically down to earth phrases like the one listed above. Whether you had dreams to be the next president, an action star, an astronaut, or even a director, the bar you set for your dream back then tended to be pretty high. Kids who dream about their future, usually dream big, knowing that they can be anything they want if they put their minds to it.
But then, for many of us, our big dreams become deferred as reality begins to set in. That great American novel we once were going to write begins to collect dust as it sits on the bottom desk drawer, our music careers go on hold as we quit the band focus on our jobs, the dreams of becoming our own boss becomes something we might do when we are semi-retired. We lose our aspiration to achieve greatness, and start setting our creative bars a bit lower, settling for mediocrity instead of astounding success.
Whenever I watch the Diane Sawyer special after the Oscars, I notice a common theme seems to run throughout most of the interviews. Most of the nominees that Diane interviews claim that they always believed that they were going to get to where they were and never settled for anything less. From practicing their award speech as children, to struggling to get noticed in the entertainment business, they all held onto their dream and refused to settle for anything less then to become a successful artist. They did not get into the business and figure it would be great to have steady employment as an extra, they arrived expecting themselves to succeed, and kept at it until they did.
Setting lofty goals for yourself and your creative pursuits can inspire you to keep moving forward until you achieve them. If you set about to create something that will outlive you and push the boundaries of greatness, you will find the determination to achieve it and might even find yourself accomplishing exactly what you set out to do. Even if you do not find yourself achieving acclaim and success the first time around, do not give up on your dream, do not settle for good enough. Keep shooting for the stars and sure enough, you will reach them.