I started blogging in 2009 but only started blogging regularly since May of this year. Yippee! Before I was consistently inconsistent and I had results that mirrored that. It took a long time to develop this habit, years actually, but I’ve learned a lot along the way and pass it on to you so you can cut down the time this habit building process takes. And like Oprah says, the one thing I know for sure is that starting is the easy part. It’s the continuing that gets a little tricky.
How do you think your career would be impacted if you mailed regularly to your database of contacts informing them on the status of your career? What gigs could you be in the running for if you consistently informed the folks that have already seen your work and acknowledged they enjoyed what you do, that you are available? What if you did this as a habit and not just once in a while when the mood strikes? There’s the time it takes to create a habit and once you’re habitual, the time it takes to reach your desires shortens. I like the thought of that, don’t you?
I’ve learned from many of my mentors, and from my own experience, that starting small so I can win at whatever I take on is the key, not only for me but for everyone. Designing something that I will do every day, especially when I′ve never done it before ever, is a set up for upset. Many folks give up right away if they miss a day, kind of like a going off a diet. They just simply quit. But if you′re really committed, each day is a new day that provides an opportunity to begin again. My commitment is to add to this blog a minimum of 6 to 8 times a month. Just so its “out there”!
Anything new that we as actors want to include in our daily lives is going to be tough at first. It takes time, right? Where will you fit it in? Did you read my last post? Hint…the strategy there works! Writing follow ups to meetings, sending headshots to prospective new agents, researching the casting directors of the shows we want to be in it is soooo easy to NOT do. Saying we want to do these things, planning them, that’s all good. However being in ACTion and having it become habitual is where the real juice lies and momentum takes over.
I recommend beginning the process of consciously creating new habits with something easy. Tasks like making the bed every day at first may seem like a real chore. Then with time, it′s almost just part of the daily activities and feels weird if it isn′t done. It becomes missing from the routine. Flossing, wiping the sink out after washing dishes, putting the lid down on the toilet seat are all good, small tasks you can begin with. Your process of consciously building habits is great to test out your new skill set with these simple household chores.
My advice to any actors out there who have big dreams is to keep the faith and take small, consistent, habitual, winnable steps toward your goals. New habits, done consistently over time equals success.
Keep the faith! Having that faith is an amazing quality and I love being in this community where faced with rejection more than acceptance, we keep that faith in place.
I invite you to keep me on my toes and if I begin to slack off a bit on the posts, email me and say “Lisa, did you forget to post today? Where’s the juicy info, news, great biz tips”? Let’s keep each other on track with our new habits, K?