Weekly Report 11/7 to 11/13
It all paid off. This past week I shared my Research Speech and I did incredibly well. I felt confident in my skills and practiced. I could not be happier. I also worked on my Original Work Proposal; it cemented my decision of using Painting as my ISM topic. In that sense it is almost as if I have begun a new chapter in my journey through this course. I have answered the question that haunted my mind for the past few months, but now I face a new mountain to climb. I have to begin dedicating my time towards my original work and in picking a mentor.
Last week I explained how I was incredibly anxious about my Research Speech. I wanted to prove myself that I could conduct a speech with no problems, so after finishing an outline I dedicated an hour for two days to simply practice. To my delight I accomplished my goal, yet that was not what made me the happiest last week. The praise I received was completely unexpected and encouraging. It felt absolutely amazing to be acknowledged, especially after dedicating so much energy to that speech. I hope I do not come off as arrogant, pretentious, or insecure. I only wish to express the reinvigoration of my motivation that followed the speech. Now that I accomplished my goal, I have set myself a new bar. The plan is not only to match that bar on my next speech, but also to set a new, much higher, bar. To do this, I will begin practicing my speech weekly. I want to improve more than anything, so that is what I will do.
The decision I made last week, that of choosing painting, also set a new bar. My whole journey in ISM thus far has been to narrow my topic, my passion; not that I have done that I need to set a new goal. I want to explore my passion and create a plan of how I will pursue said passion. That is why I have decided to base my original work on this idea. My original work will be a plan of how I will create my own brand to advertise myself and my artwork. I find this goal not much of a stretch from my last goal because, like the last goal, it mainly focuses on researching articles and interviewing people on a topic. Only branding is much more specific than art in general. It seems daunting, but I am excited to explore my passion in further detail.
As I mentioned before, I feel as though this is a new chapter in my journey through ISM. My topic has become much more focused and my research will take a new turn. I believe this is a step in the right direction. If my overarching goal in ISM is to figure out my plans for the future, then focusing on creating those plans would be a way to achieve these goals. However, this chapter of sorts is not too different from the last. I will continue to interview people, work on my essays, and on my speeches. In that sense I am going to continue improving myself and delving into my passion.