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Giving Up Goals

I’m giving up on goals.

That’s right, we’re only 5 days into 2021 and I’m throwing in the towel.

Yeah, it’s covid, but it’s not just covid.

I’m done setting specific, rigid goals that while exciting, always leave me with a bit of a knot in my tummy. Goals like, “I’m going to book a recurring role this year” always feel slightly terrifying because as an actor, so many things are out of my control when it comes to that goal:

Will the right role come up this year? Will I be selected to audition out of the 1000s submitted? Will my work fit with what the producers, writers, and director want for the show?

Who knows?

I’m done setting goals that are so outside of my control.

In 2021, I didn’t set goals. I set intentions.

For me, an intention is the “why” behind my goal. It’s what I REALLY want. I may want to book a recurring role, but what I REALLY want is to level up my career and thrive creatively as an actor.

Now, those are things I can definitely achieve regardless of any outside factors. I set that intention and all of a sudden I show up differently in my auditions and classes because I’m leveling up in my career. I create projects and content that I find fun because that’s a way I can thrive creatively as an actor.

And maybe I’m not fully done with goals, because my intention can inspire multiple mini goals throughout the year as I allow it to inspire all that I do for my career.

Anyway, those are my thoughts and feelings on goals and intentions for ya.

What are your thoughts on goals and/or intentions for 2021 and beyond?