Resolution: a formal expression of opinion, a resolve or determination, firmness of purpose.
New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~Mark Twain
Happy 2013! I hope that your holidays were happy, healthy and full of good cheer. The stockings were full at Theatrefolk global headquarters “” we got some much needed rest and now we’re raring to go, exited at what this next year will bring. Craig and I have picked out our goals, talked about what we want for our wee company, and have also added a personal challenge.
Nothing says the new year like a challenge. The problem is that we often get to January 1st and become overwhelmed with the need to make our goals mountain sized. This year I need to change absolutely every single thing about me. Is it any wonder that we fail? Is it any wonder that we give up, our motivation left by the side of the road, our intentions kicked to the curb? I tell you, it is no wonder. I speak (as we all do) from experience.
I often fail at monumental tasks, mostly because they always seem so, well, monumental. Too large to complete. The end too far away. I always do better at compartmentalized tasks. In his Ted Talk, Matt Cutts talks about doing something new for 30 days:
I love the idea of taking on a task with a time limit. It’s not your whole life, it’s not even a year. It’s 30 days. A small window of time. As Cutts says: “The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not.”
I started this unconsciously in November when I participated in Naplwrimo, writing a play in 30 days. For December I did something much, much smaller but still important to me – I have a lot of problems with my hips and hamstrings so I committed to a hamstring and a hip stretch every day. I even did it on Christmas Day. For 2013 Craig and I are going to take on a bunch of different tasks, some work related (I’m going to be working on a new ebook) and some health related (we’re going to go Vegetarian in February, just because we never have before).
What can you take on? If you’re thinking about your future in the arts a 30 day challenge would be an awesome time to build some skills, to explore an aspect of your craft. Draw every day for 30 days. Learn a piano piece. Watch a documentary every day. Write a monologue every day. Rehearse and memorize a monologue a week. The point is that you choose something that is doable, especially if you’ve never done this before. Do not make this a mountain task. You can’t climb Mount Everest every day, but you could do one push up. You can’t paint a mural every day but you could doodle in a sketch pad. Choose something, commit to it, tell others what you’re doing and see where you are 30 days from now.