Remember back in January, you set some pretty big goals for yourself?
How are you doing with those?
How many of them have you actually accomplished? Are there some on the list that you haven’t reached yet? Or, are there some that you don’t even WANT anymore?
As Spring kicks into full gear, now is a great time to assess where you are with your goals. Whether you’re about to head away for a summer stock season, shoot a film or plan to stay around town for the summer, it’s a perfect time to gear up for the next three months for whatever is on your docket.
So let’s take a minute to look at the goals you set in January and honestly ask yourself where you are in the process of reaching them?
For the ones you’ve achieved, BRAVA! It always feels great to achieve something you set out to do. And, for those goals that are in progress, but maybe not quite there, #BRAVA AGAIN and keep at them.
But now, let’s look at the ones you haven’t achieved and ask yourself honestly WHY you haven’t achieved them. Have you really been taking action on them, or have you not REALLY stayed committed. Or maybe you had a major life event that stopped you from being able to move forward. Life is real, my friends. And sometimes you MUST put your time and energy elsewhere.
With or without “life happening”, there are always some goals that seem to allude us. Here are some Fool Proof questions to ask yourself that can help you reassess whether they are the right goals for you.
1. “Did I THINK TOO BIG?” If you are honest with yourself, were your goals far too lofty for where you are in your career? Many young actors think that within a few months of graduating they will be working on a TV show or on Broadway. There are indeed some who will. But more often, it takes MUCH LONGER TO ACHIEVE YOUR ACTING GOALS THAN YOU EVER EXPECT. Make goals that are appropriate for where YOU are. A great way to do that is maybe cut your goal in half. If you said you’d lose 20, but you only lost 5. Maybe you should shoot for losing 5 more instead of a number that feels out of reach. #scaleyourgoals
2. “Are my goals in the DIRECT LINE OF WHAT I WANT?” For example, if you really want to work in film and television, why do you have so many theatre goals on your list? Make sure you’re actually working toward what you really want and that you know WHY you are reaching for it. #goforit
3. “Are my goals IN MY CONTROL?” If you have a bunch of goals that are out of your control then you will constantly be frustrated. You do not actually have control over whether or not someone hires you for a job. But you do have control over whether you were prepared for the audition, and consistently working at strengthening your craft. While it’s important to have specific about being on Broadway or booking your first co-star on your favorite TV show, these should be part of your “this ultimately leads to” section of your goal.
4. “Are my goals OBSOLETE?” When you look at your goals do they reflect things that have no relation to your life now? For example, you were saving for new headshots, but then you booked a national tour for 2 years and now you feel like you don’t need to worry about them right now. Take that goal off your list and make a new one that IS about your life now. #obsoletegoals
5. “Have I CHANGED MY MIND?” This is a tricky one because you want to make sure you are not simply changing your mind every few months just because you haven’t achieved the ones you’ve already set. Remember a true master can live in “no results” for a very long time. Don’t jump ship when you really haven’t done the work.
6. “Do I actually LIKE MY GOALS?” Achieving your goals should be fun, which means that working toward achieving them should be even more fun. If you don’t really enjoy what you’re working for, you aren’t going to have much fun when you actually get there either. A great way to have fun with your goals is to write them down, print them out and put them everywhere where you can see them every day, all the time. That way you know exactly what you are looking to achieve and can ask yourself everyday “What can I do today to get closer to my goals.”
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Leslie Becker is an award-winning Broadway actress, writer and creator of The Organized Actor® and is passionate about inspiring, entertaining and educating others. www.OrganizedActor.com.