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What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

(How to actually use this freakin’ quote to accomplish your biggest goals)

Happy new year! I hope you’re reading this blog having gotten rest over the holidays, feeling rejuvenated and excited about what 2015 brings.

Every new year brings the possibility of great things. And, January is different from other times in the year, I’m sure you’ll agree. Every year I look to understand what my goals are for the new year and what I can do differently and better to bring them about.

QuoteFailv2Many of you know that 2014 was a year of great accomplishment for me. After nearly a decade of trying to get several different feature projects into production, I directed my first feature, Saturn Returns, which I also wrote. We are now nearing the end of post-production. I’m happy to report that even after all of these months in post-production and years in the making, I still love it and I’m really excited to share it with you all.

Another big accomplishment for me was how my coaching business grew last year even when I was in the midst of making a movie. It was an accomplishment to be able to continue helping people accomplish their own dreams even as I was accomplishing mine.

And so, in examining what was different about last year, what finally pushed my big goals across the finish line in a way that hadn’t happened before, I’ve uncovered some new things to share. Here goes…

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Create 2014: Design this Year to Be Everything You Desire

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Now that it’s the dawn of 2014, your mind is probably racing ahead to the days, the goals, the good times you want to see unfold.  You might still be relaxing (I hope you are!), but you’re starting to get antsy.  You might have thought of a few new year’s resolutions already.  But this time around, you want it to be different.  You want to really accomplish them!  Not just make them and then halfway accomplish them or give up on them.

If you haven’t yet done the Complete 2013 series of exercises from my previous blog, I highly recommend that you do them before starting the work below.  You can read all about them here.  It’s not too late to do them.  In fact, I normally do the completion exercises over the first weekend of the new year.  It just seems to work out that way.

Following, you’ll find Part 2 of the two-part structure, Create 2014.  As with Part 1, it will take a bit of time.  But, I promise that the reward of doing these two exercises will surprise you.  I do them every year and I love sharing this work with you all each year, to remind and inspired you.

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How to (actually) Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

As seen in Back Stage, January 6, 2012

Ah, January… the time to get to work on your New Year’s resolutions.A clean slate.Excitement in the air!

Have you ever noticed that some of the same New Year’s resolutions are on the list every year?And, along with the excitement and possibility of the New Year you wonder, what makes this year different?Will I really be able to accomplish these goals?

This year can be different!Read on for pitfalls to avoid, and the five keys to success…

The top three reasons that New Year’s resolutions fail:

1. The resolution is in the “impossible” realm.

Often we articulate goals that are literally impossible in the time frame we are giving them.It’s important to note that no goal is impossible, rather, it might not be possible in the time allotted.When we do this, we doom ourselves to failure from the outset.Usually, we know this subconsciously, so we don’t give our goal our all, which also leads to failure.

2. We have no structure in place to support us.

Accomplishments happen in structures.Think about it.The gym is a structure for the accomplishment of fitness.Acting class is a structure for the accomplishment of acting skills.Why would our New Year’s resolutions be any different?

3. We have no concrete plan for accomplishing it.

All successful businesses have a business plan.Even if a fluke idea becomes successful, the business must have a plan for capitalizing on that success.That said, you don’t want your year to be a fluke!Your resolutions are the goals you are dedicating yourself to.So, you need to have a business plan for your acting career, a.k.a. your business.

The top five keys for accomplishing our New Year’s resolutions:

1. Identify a goal that is not impossible, not predictable, but a “breakthrough.”

We’ve already talked about how an inaccurate timeframe could make a goal “impossible.”“Predictable” is a version of a goal you’ve already done before.Goals are most powerful when articulated in between impossible and predictable, the “sweet spot” that is a “breakthrough.”

2. Put a structure in place for accomplishing the goal.

Now that we understand why a structure is important, make sure to join or create one!You could join a career coaching class, or put together a group of dedicated “accountability buddies” that you meet with once a week.A word of caution in putting together your own group:Be selective!Choose people that really share your commitment, are accountable and truly supportive.Also, put some “structure” in your structure.A group of friends can quickly become a gossip-fest if your time isn’t well-structured.

3. Enroll a team to support you, advise you, and hold you accountable.

Nothing of any scope or magnitude in life happens alone.Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto, and they both had horses!In addition to accountability partners, you need to work with your representation as a team, you need a mentor (or two), a coach, and the support of your significant other.

4. Develop a plan that includes a timeline with deadlines and milestones.

Now that we understand how important a business plan is, create one!  Your plan should include your goal, a timeline, and an action plan.Share it with your team to get their feedback.

5. See it and share it everyday.

Print out your goal and post it in places where you see it often– your workspace, computer desktop, even your car.  The more you see it in writing and put it out into the world, the more you will see it in your life.