A Creative Mission Statement

After being away for a while, I seem to always go through a period of refiguring with my art. I’m a routine-lover by nature—I notice this more and more all the time—and going on vacation {while I do love love love vacation} always throws me for a bit of a loop. I often come back not exactly remembering where I left off.

This time in particular it’s becoming quite a challenge to get back into something resembling a work routine—we’re in kind of a holding zone right now—we’re staying at a family member’s house for two weeks until our next housing lease starts. So, my art life is largely still stuffed into a storage unit, and I won’t have an office/studio set up until the beginning of September {and right now I’m typing this post from the public library}.

With all of this in-between-ness, I thought it might be a good time to spend some time thinking about what I’m trying to do here—in my creative work, and work in general. This led me back to a book I read a while ago called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. In the book, Covey talks about mission statements—about how important a mission statement is to knowing what you’re doing, and really framing the way you live and work. He suggests writing mission statements not only for your business, but for your family, and even just for yourself (a personal mission statement). I worked a bit on a personal mission statement a while ago {those notes are packed in a box somewhere or other}, but I never really wrote a mission statement for me as an artist.

Covey says that a mission statement is not something you just sit down and write in one sitting—it can take collecting ideas and writing over a longer period of time—this will ideally be, after all, a reflection of your whole purpose.

When I sat down to start work, something really interesting happened—I began to think about my “Saving the World” series of drawings. I realized that, in truth, that set of drawings could be called my personal mission statement, with several of them encompassing what I’m trying to do as an artist too.

I had never thought of the drawings in that way before, but it makes sense now—these drawings were not only an essential part of my art development, but they were me recognizing the things that are most important to me, using my favorite methods of communication: drawing and words. They are my own personal set of reminders of what I value in this world and how I want to live. This realization had me tearing up in the middle of the library. I don’t quite even know why, but at the moment, I felt profoundly thankful to have made them. {see complete set of 11 drawings here}

Once again, I thank you art for taking me some place I can’t even quite understand, some place beyond any hope or intention.

Happy creative day to you!


6 Responses to “A Creative Mission Statement”

  1. 1 Dawn August 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I love this series of drawings! They do make a great mission statement.

  2. 2 justdoodle August 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    A creative mission statement is definitely a good idea! I love how you’ve done yours. I especially love the open up statement. :)

  3. 3 Kerri August 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Damn, I’ve been meaning to read that book for years! I love this idea of a personal mission statement. I’ve been thinking about this too lately but I didn’t think of actually writing them down. Great idea! And I love your art as always, of course.

  4. 4 rachel awes August 19, 2010 at 4:13 am

    i love to smell the roses HERE.
    awesome drawings & heart.

  5. 5 Kat August 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I feel exactly the same way about art! Mine reveals new things about me all of the time.

  6. 6 Geoff M. Pope August 25, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Nicole: I really enjoyed reading this, which reminded me a lot of my artist sister, Jessica. After writing here, I’m going to forward this page to her.

    As for me, I actually haven’t read Covey’s *7 Habits* book yet, but for about two years now I’ve been daily using the Franklin/Covey *7 Habits* Classic Planner. Each day has a quote from Covey’s renowned book along with a complementary quote from someone else on the opposite side of the page. Here are the two for today (8/25):

    “The most fundamental application of ‘begin with the end in mind’ is to begin today with the image, picture, or paradigm of the end of your life as your frame of reference or the criterion by which everything else is examined” (p. 98).

    Can you believe the timing of that!

    And here’s the other quote for today: “Listen to what people say about themselves; they will tell you everything you need to know.” –Mason Cooley

    As Jesus said, “…seek, and you will find….”

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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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