When you have a huge vision for your life and career, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the day-to-day challenges and minutia that are part of the job. If you’re playing a big game of producing your own work, you’ve probably created a powerful outward accountability system with buddies and strategies to keep things moving forward.
But do you have an inner accountability system?
It’s important to stay true to your artistic vision, and it can be easy to get sidetracked if you’re not 100% clear on what you’re working toward.
So how can you find your motivation and create accountability with yourself? I don’t mean accountability as in having an expert outside yourself tell you what to do, but accountability so you can stay connected with your inner motivation and act on that feeling to move you steadily forward.
Try this self-hypnosis technique to get connected with your project vision and keep you on track, even when the going gets tough.
Who Is Your Audience?
Ask yourself: who is your audience? Whether you’re producing a web series, theater piece, or feature film, think of one specific audience member. Maybe it’s your mom.
How do you want your mom to feel when she’s watching the finished project on screen or in the theater? Do you want her to be touched, to experience tears of joy, and ultimately, to relate to the story? How do you want her for feel when she goes back out into the world?
Write It Out
Next, do some free writing to create the scene of your mother sitting in the audience and having this particular experience. Make the images colorful and really paint the picture.
Read over what you’ve written and edit it down to about a page so it’s really concise.
Record Your Vision
Once you’ve written out your vision and edited it down to about a page, record yourself reading the text ten times in a row. Take a beat, then read it aloud nine times in a row. Take a beat, then read it eight times, and so on, until you get down to one. Keep the recording going the whole time.
In all, the entire audio will probably be about 20 minutes. This recording will be your guided meditation every day. Listen to it before you begin working on the project.
Essentially, this is a form of self-hypnosis, and it will take you deep into an experience of this future vision – consciously and unconsciously – as you work on producing this project.
Do It Every Step Of The Way
No matter which part of the journey you’re on at the moment, this method can apply to it. As you take each step forward, go through these steps again but make any adjustments you need to stay up to speed with where you are in the process.
This is a beautiful form of internal accountability, and it can carry you through any project. Have you tried a contemplative practice to keep you focused?
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