How Actors To Welcome 2017 | Kick Out 2016
1. Create your own personal SWOT analysis. Take acting as a classic business and use it to assess your performance in a non-critical way. SWOT is a tool that captures your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The goal is not to focus on the areas you have the greatest opportunity for improvement but to create a holistic view of where you are, what you have to offer, where you can improve, and how you can capitalize on them all. 2. Identify your “bright spots” in the previous year and build on it. Because we are our worst critics, we must train our minds to not focus only on the bad, the failures, and what didn’t work. Instead, look for the things that did work, understand why they worked well and build from it. These are our “bright spots” (the signs that things are working). They help us approach our career with a positive mindset. The thing we focus on the most is the thing we will always identify with. Choose to build on a positive platform. 3. Develop a growth "net-work" circle. Success cannot happen alone. You will need people to support, encourage and challenge you while holding you accountable. Choose your circle wisely, and utilize them to help you grow successfully. 4. Craft a 7-30-60-365 day plan for the new year. Crafting a plan in "blocks of time" that represent milestones is easier to organize, and it makes the process easier to digest, complete — and it’s less intimidating. This also helps you to focus better on what’s important and know how to structure and manage your resources and time. 5. Don’t be afraid to be flexible and of changes. No plan is perfect. So, you must be agile and willing to adjust when the desired outcome is not being manifested. Being rigid can cause you to break; whereas, being flexible, you can bend and move more freely. Don’t get caught up in pride and be afraid of failure. Remember to look for the “bright spots” and build from them while you reset and recalibrate for stronger execution. Remember life is a dynamic flow of events, and everything may not work out the way you desire. It’s how you command the moment and choose to move forward that govern your outcome. If you can master these five tips, you will be well on your way to having a more effective acting future and career.