New year, new goals. The end of one year and beginning of a new one is always bittersweet for me. I enjoy looking back on what my goals were from the previous year, seeing which ones I did complete and which ones (if any) I am still pursuing. The new year is always the best time for me to get motivated, re-determine my current or new goals and make an action plan. I am a firm believer that the beginning of the year is the best time for anyone; especially an actor to make their action plan for the coming year’s goals.
Every year at this time the entertainment industry is in full swing award season. The year starts with two months of award shows and networking where you get to be motivated by others brilliance and inspired to work harder towards your goals so that the following years you might be one of those recognized and honored for your achievements.
The first thing you have to do to start an active productive year in career goals (or any goal) is to sit down and make a list of your goals. You need to figure out what it is you really want to accomplish. These goals can include some far fetched and some realistic. I find it is good to have a happy medium of two types of goals; ones you know you will achieve and ones that seem near impossible. Having the realistic goals will raise your confidence and motivation to work harder to achieve the seemingly out of reach goals. If you are a multi-hyphenate artist such as writer/director/actor make sure to have a goal for each. However, when making goals really concentrate on which ones bring you down the path you want the most. Sometimes when trying to do too much you get less accomplished and the result is poor, rather than when you try to do one or two things really well.
In addition to your career goals make sure to include personal goals such as vacations, fitness, time with family and friends etc. Everyone needs balance with work and play. Also, those personal goals will feel more like time spent on yourself and as a treat for all of your hard work. This year one of my personal goals is to see more theater and comedy shows. It is doing something I love that I don’t necessarily make time to do, so if I make it a goal I remember to make it a priority.
Lastly, once you have all of your goals you need to breakdown each one and figure out the steps to make the goal come to fruition. For example, if you want to write a screenplay you need to schedule time to write and due dates for drafts. By giving yourself deadlines and an outline for your goals you will be able to stay on track and upon completing those deadlines also feel a sense of accomplishment. I also suggest that when you are done with writing your goals to print them out and hang them or keep them somewhere where they are seen everyday. This way you can have a daily reminder for why you are doing what you are doing. If you find it hard to keep motivated try looking up motivational quotes by people that inspire you with their picture and put that next to the goals. Be the person you want to be. No excuses! Happy New Year and good luck with all of your goals and resolutions!
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’ !”
– Audrey Hepburn
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