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How to set goals for 2016: 7 steps

Wow, can you believe it’s December already? Another year full of experiences, lessons, and accomplishments to celebrate! Many of you are probably thinking : Where did 2015 go? Did I accomplish everything I wanted to?  Right now is actually the perfect time to review your year and set your professionals and personal goals for 2016: 7 steps. Don’t wait ‪until December 31st! Start now. Grab a notebook, or your laptop, and follow these 7 steps on how to set goals for 2016:



1.  What worked in 2015?

Start off by celebrating all of your wins! Write down everything that went well in your life — from getting a new agent, to making new friends, to redecorating your room — and have a big ole end of 2015 party. Write down the smaller successes too. How many auditions did you have? How many callbacks? How many bookings? Did you stretch yourself creatively this year, perhaps learning a new skill or pushing yourself out of your comfort zone? Did you connect with supportive, new friends? Write it all down!

2. What could be improved on in 2016?

It’s also important to be honest about what can be improved on. Can you tackle your “to do list” with more vigor? Connect with your agent more often by emailing twice per month a picture of you involved in different activities? Create or update your website and social media handles. Take an inventory of actions, events, relationships and projects and write down what you want to do differently in 2016.

3. What can I let go of?

From there, decide what you can let go of that is no longer serving you. Let go of self-chastising and the “if only I did that differently” conversations. After you take action toward your career, sit back and relax. You know you cannot control the outcome. Know that when you release things that don’t work for you, you are actually inviting new and positive people and experiences into your life! You know the adage “When one door closes, another one opens!”

4. Where do I see myself in 10 years? In 5 years?

Before setting goals for the upcoming year, think about the big picture plan. How old will you be in 10 years? Where do you see yourself then? What does your career look like? What type of education or training have you completed? Who are you surrounded by? Repeat this same exercise for 5 years from now.

5. Where do I want to be in 1 year?

Now, knowing your long-term goals, think of this time next year. What do you want to be celebrating when you review 2016? Write everything down. All of the professional and personal goals that you wish to accomplish. What will help you achieve these goals? Perhaps sharpening your acting skills by taking more classes. Or eating healthy and exercising so you can handle long work hours on the set. Sign up for a marketing class for actors. Take advantage of EVERY opportunity that comes your way, even if you are not sure of your skill set. Trust that you will find a way and or learn fast!



6. Set goals

Now, set your goals for 2016. Make them achievable and measurable. Write them down in order or priority.  Then, add subgoals, or steps that you need to take to achieve the larger goals, beneath each goal. For example:

Goal: Book a regional commercial
Subgoal: Complete a commercial acting class.
Subgoal: Get a new commercial agent.
Subgoal: Complete an improv class.

7. Put deadlines in the calendar for goals and sub-goals

Write your goals in your calendar. For example, ‪on March 15th, you might write “have signed with a new commercial agent.” You then want to put deadlines in the calendar for sub-goals. So, ‪on January 30th, you might write “have submitted my headshot and resume to 20 commercial agents.”

Have fun!

This process should be FUN. You get to take a fresh look at your life, and plan big things for 2016! You can have an amazing year, as long as you keep an attitude of gratitude, so why not invest some time in yourself — and your career —all the while enjoying the process. We wish you the best of luck!

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