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A New Approach to New Year’s Resolutions…

Let’s face it: No one really keeps their New Year’s resolutions. I know I haven’t. Admitting so allowed me to finally start accomplishing my goals. You can do it too. Here’s how. First, narrow your goals down to fewer than three. Trust me, multitasking is a cunning form of resistance. So, if you’ve got more than three goals happening, you’re spending too much time managing your goals and not enough time accomplishing them. Ironically, you’ll achieve more in the long term if you focus on fewer goals in the short term. Make your goals measurable. Set a timeline and define exactly what the endgame looks like. For example, shift your goal from “I want to support myself as an actor” to “I want to earn $40,000 or more acting in studio films before Dec. 31.” Write your three goals down and keep them where you can see them. This was one major mistake I made with resolutions in the past. I wrote a long list of goals and tucked the list away in a special drawer somewhere—out of sight, out of mind—and my resolutions were quickly forgotten. Next, create an action plan. An action plan provides you with structure and gives you a lot of freedom and confidence. Now you’ll know where you’re going, and you’ll be able to measure your progress along the way. Best of all, you can fall off track without falling off the planet. Identify, specifically, what steps you will take each month, each week, and each day to accomplish your goals. It’s not enough to define the steps; you have to schedule them as well. Make your goal-getting process easier to do than to avoid. This means scheduling focused time each day to work on your goals. With your plan in place, identify what bad habits prevent you from committing and moving quickly toward what you want. One of my students, Jeff, created a fantastic Web series this year. His goal for next year is to sell this series to a television network. He wants to make money. For that to happen, Jeff decided he…[ click here to read the full post ]

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How to Design a Vision Board

Harmonizing your acting goals, your daily responsibilities, and your personal growth is a dance of art and business.  After all of the moving and shaking you’ve done this year for your career, it’s important to show your inner artist some love. Creating a Vision Board is just what the doctor ordered. In my last post, I shared my favorite year end process to help you celebrate this year’s successes and clarify your goals for 2012.  Now it’s time to create a vision board that will serve as an excellent reminder of your 2012 goals and priorities. 

You can design a Vision Board to create a physical representation of your career vision. Vision Boards allow you to use your artistic skills and creativity and play with the physical picture of your future.  They’re a lot of fun to make and an effective way to supplement your actions with internal focus.  

Here are 5 simple steps to help you manifest success with a Vision Board. Step One: 
 Purchase a large poster board in whatever color you like.  While you’re at it, pick up a glue stick and a pair of scissors too. Next, gather an assortment of old magazines, pictures, catalogs, and snap shots.  You can even print out dynamic or meaningful words that inspire you. Step Two:  Dedicate some time to clear away a space where you can relax and enjoy yourself.  Creating your Vision Board should be a fun and fulfilling experience. Feel free to pour yourself a beverage, light a candle, or play some music that speaks to you. Now relax, breathe deeply, close your eyes, and imagine the goal you wish to achieve.  With your vision clearly defined in your mind, explore how each area of your life and career is impacted by this plan. Step Three:  Now open your eyes and begin to flip through the magazines. Tear out any pages with pictures, words, phrases, and thoughts that inspire you. Don’t think about it too much.  Trust your gut and set aside anything that grabs your attention. Don’t rush. Give yourself a few hours or a…[ click here to read the full post ]

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How to Design Your Best Year Yet

As 2011 comes to an end, it’s time to clean up any unfinished business, clear the space for next year’s successes, and create the framework for your best year yet! I’ve provided 13 simple steps to help you organize your goals and make sure you cover all the bases. This is my favorite year-end exercise. So, I’m really happy to share it with you. Celebrate 2011
 Before you head into the new year, take a moment to look back at all of your hard work over the past 12 months. What worked? What didn’t? And what can you change? STEP ONE: Set the Tone Make yourself comfortable.  Play some music you love, grab some yummy food, light your favorite candle.  With a notepad, pen, and this year’s calendar, begin your Year 2011 Reflection. STEP TWO: Toot Your Own Horn Review 2011 and consider what you are most proud of in each of the following areas of your life: Career Health & Fitness Friends & Family Industry Relationships Finances Craft & Creativity Marketing Tools & Business Personal Growth Fun & Adventure STEP THREE: Look for Themes Identify 3 primary intentions or beliefs that guided you this year.  Perhaps you might notice that certain values popped up consistently throughout your year. In other words… if 2011 had a theme, what was it? STEP FOUR: Pinpoint Your Weak Spots Now look back through the year and consider what didn’t work as well as you had hoped.  With compassion, consider the unrealized expectations, unexpected circumstances or interruptions, challenges, upsets or losses, gifts given and gifts received. STEP FIVE: Tie Up Loose Ends Consider what, if anything, you feel incomplete about.  What actions can you take to tie up any loose ends? STEP SIX: Celebrate Finally, create a year-end ritual.  How can you celebrate the challenges you moved through and successes you’ve enjoyed?  How can you make a renewed commitment to yourself for the coming year? Create 2012! Now that you know where you’ve been, it’s time to map out where you’ll go. STEP SEVEN: Set Your Sights What are you looking forward to in 2012? …[ click here to read the full post ]

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