Congratulations. We made it!
No matter what 2016 brought our way, here we are on the other side with a new year in front of us, a clean slate and a world of opportunity and possibilities ahead. That’s no small feat and I certainly hope you’ve stopped to give your self the praise and credit you deserve. Go ahead, you can do it. J
So what will the New Year be like? Will you go free-lance? Will you land that role? Will your script be optioned? Will you produce that web series you co-wrote with some friends?
It’s impossible to look down the road and know what will happen and how to control the outcome of all of our efforts but we can control how we approach our dreams, desires, and intentions and stay motivated in the year to come.
Here are five things to consider to keep on keepin on in the direction of your dreams this year.
• Let it go: I’ve found that the need to do something perfectly can be just the thing that kills my motivation and stops me from trying. Sure I recognize it can also be what gets the project in on time and under budget, but you need to know the difference between when striving for perfection is your ally or your enemy. Having something done is better than never finishing anything and perfect is always a moving target. Try spending more time being content with what is. Praise yourself for your effort.
• Dare Not to Compare: Constantly comparing ourselves to others or even comparing last year to the year before can be one of the easiest ways to lose motivation and a total buzz kill. Instead of comparing yourself to others, be curious about what makes them successful and inspires them. See “mistakes” as the learning opportunity they are and include those you perceive as “better” in your process. The new leadership paradigms are all about creating inclusion not separation so start with you.
• Dial it down a notch: So much to do so little time, do you ever feel that way? More doing and less being seems to be the norm, the requirement really, especially in the fast paced quick turnaround world of production where you are expected to be available at all times. With calendars, alarms, reminders, literally on our phones and at our fingertips, we were promised more productivity in less time but it hasn’t turned out that way. Put 30 minutes of unplanned time in your calendar and use that time to do whatever fills you up, inspires you or brings you back to center.
• Focus pulling: is not just a term for the camera department (The assistant camera man is the person in the camera department whose primary responsibility is to maintain image sharpness on whatever subject or action is being filmed).
A recent Microsoft study findings revealed human attention span has fallen from an average of 12 seconds in the year 2000 to just eight seconds in 2015. Humans now have less of an attention span than a goldfish (nine seconds average)!
We all have at least one activity that makes hours–or days–of our lives disappear. I am always a little shocked when I read recommended lists of shows to watch and see how many I have already watched and count the hours I have spent watching them. From TV, to the Internet, to social media, you’ve got to learn how to minimize distractions so you stay motivated. If you need to work on a project, set aside time every day to work on it. Make an appointment with yourself; you deserve your own time. Try a digital detox, it will feel good I promise!
•Mount Up: Setting goals is an important part of defining who you are and what you value in life. There have been times in the past where I have been uncomfortable with setting goals for fear I wouldn’t reach them or that they would limit me…sound silly? Now I see the process helps me sort out what is important and irrelevant in my life and supports me in updating what I want to accomplish. It’s like cleaning out a closet. And when I make progress towards a goal (and give myself credit and praise) it helps build my self-confidence and propel me further in the direction of what I want.
And if you want some support and inspiration check out my dear friend Christine Hassler and her goal setting process. Christine shares her love and wisdom with the world and makes everything better.
Looking forward to seeing you on set in 2017!