A lot of clients find my coaching when they are really frustrated. They are passionate, talented, committed and working hard. And they don’t know why they haven’t reached their goals yet.
Boy do I understand. More than you know.
So, I’m writing this blog to shed some light on the problem of being stopped, stuck, or not moving very fast. Understanding the problem is critical to finding a solution.
There are four reasons why you haven’t accomplished your goals. Today I’m going to deal with the first one:
You don’t really know what your goal is.
Okay, okay. You know you want to act. Or write. Or produce. Or work in television. Or do make-up.
I still maintain that you don’t really know what your goal is. Not really. Not specifically.
Knowing you “want to be a working actor,” for example, is not really knowing your goal. That’s incredibly broad. Work in what? TV? Commercials? Theatre? On a cruise ship?
You can start to see how broad and non-specific your goal of “being a working actor” is.
Same with “be a make-up artist.” If I hire you to do kids face painting at my twins’ birthday party, that would be doing make-up, right? But, is that your goal?
So now that we understand this part of the problem, here’s how we tackle it. The first step is to set some kind of timeframe for your goal. One year is a place to start.
“By December 31, 2014, I will have…”
Notice that I put a specific date in the goal, and also that I wrote “will have.” Not “will try to” or “hope to.” Use declarative speaking and you’re a lot more likely to accomplish your goal.
Next let’s look at what would be a breakthrough for you. A breakthrough is a goal that is not predictable and not impossible.
By predictable I mean a version of something you’ve already done. If you’re working at the make-up counter of MAC and doing a friend’s webseries for free every six months, in a year from now it’s predictable that you’ll be, well, working at the counter of MAC and doing webseries for free. Nothing wrong with any of this, it just might not be your goal.
Let me clarify what I mean by impossible. First, none of your goals is impossible in and of itself. What makes your goal impossible is the timeframe you’re giving it. If you’re working at MAC and your goal is to win an Oscar next year, you can see how that would be out of the realm of possibility given that you need to get a job on a feature that then gets made and released in time to have an Oscar campaign and then win. Highly unlikely if you’re not even working in features yet. You get the picture.
A breakthrough is the sweet spot in between impossible and predictable. When you accomplish your breakthrough goal, it will cause a state change with your career or project. This means that your career or project will be in a new, different and elevated place. You’ll be at a new level.
Here’s what else there is to know about breakthroughs… You don’t know how to accomplish it. If you did, you’d have done it already. This is one of the things that make it a breakthrough.
Also, what could be predictable for you, could be a breakthrough for someone else or even impossible for someone else. Your breakthrough is unique to you, your credits, your resources, your relationships, what you’re good at, what you’re not good at, and more.
So, let’s take a look at a few more breakthrough goals…
By December 31, 2014 I will have worked on at least one project a month as a make-up artist and be earning at least $250/day.
By December 31, 2014 I will have pitched and sold my first television pilot and turned in a great draft of the script.
By December 31, 2014 I will have directed at least 3 television commercials with budgets of at least $50k each.
Now the important thing to know is that each of these are specifically articulated with regards to where the person is currently in their career, what they’ve already accomplished, and where they want to go. For the make-up artist, this would be someone who is only doing a job every few months earning $100/day or less.
For the writer, this would be someone who has written television scripts, ideally on staff, and has pitched a little bit already.
For the director, this would be someone who has directed one low budget spot already, who already has a reel, but now needs to start getting jobs as a commercial director with regularity.
Tune in next month for The Second Reason Why You Haven’t Accomplished Your Goal.
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