Share your goals. Yep, do it.
I've been able to accomplish more in the past year than ever before because I decided on what I wanted to do and I let people know about it.
In May I created a goal to paint a mural or at least curate one piece of public art for Green Bay. I spread the word about my mission and people were happy to listen and even contribute. Once people are aware of what you're trying to do, and especially if you are passionate about it, they are happy to help in more ways than you even thought possible. I was able to make connections, I had offers to help paint, offers to bring food/coffee, and much much more. It's truly amazing what can happen when you surround yourself with great people and assign yourself a mission.
Lately I've been on a proactive mission to help build up a body of work I am extremely proud of. I have a list of projects I would love to work on and instead of just waiting for that list to populate itself, I'm hustling. The latest example is a beer/wine label design. I generated a list of possible ways to make this happen, including but not limited to unsolicited design, faux beer/wine businesses, client outreach, as well as a few others. Once establishing that this will be a project I'll be working on, now it's time to share.
Since sharing my goal, I've had numerous and extremely helpful conversations. Use the resources that surround you! Tap into experts in other fields, ask questions, ask for recommendations, ask for feedback! After talking to one colleague, he mentioned that a great place to start might be the local home brewing and winemaking stores, genius! My goal is to create a design, not make tons of money. Once you generate work you want to create more of, people find out that you actually do that work instead of having it on a wishlist. A perfect example is the aforementioned mural, since completing Morty the Moose, I've had requests and inquiries about future projects!
Get out there and share!