What's a Holy Grail, you ask? It's that elusive dream, that unbelievable quest that shapes all your creative goals. Julia Cameron (of The Artist's Way) calls this her True North. I call it my own personal Holy Grail. It doesn't matter what words you give it, the idea is the same.
Two people might have similar goals but a very different Holy Grail. For instance, two writers might both want to get published but to one, the Holy Grail is winning a Pulitzer while to the other the Holy Grail might be getting on the NYT Bestseller list. Notice how both writers have parallel small goals (getting an agent, editor and having their book published) but ultimately the differences in their Holy Grails will shape how they approach these intermediary steps. Even if they never reach that ultimate goal, the Holy Grail will influence the goals that lead up to their ultimate success.
But wait, you say. Didn't we just spend all of yesterday figuring out small, concrete, manageable goals? Are we supposed to give up on those all of a sudden and go after wild and crazy dreams?
Here's the secret: The Holy Grail shapes your goals, but it doesn't define them. So go ahead, dream big. Let your mind go through all those fanciful scenarios you would never admit to anyone.
Your task for today: What's your Holy Grail? Write it down and post it somewhere where you can see it every day. Here's mine.