There are a lot of things to think about when you're navigating a performing arts path. These blog topics will help.
Last week we talked about dreams. This week let’s talk about making some of those dreams into goals.
I say “some” because some dreams may stay dreams, at least for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t mean you should discard them. Dreams make life interesting. Stay open to your dreams morphing as you continue working on your goals. Your imagination may help you make your dreams more attainable as you build your artistic practice.
When you attach goals to your dreams, consider these things:
Your dream may be several steps. Make each of these steps a goal.
Don’t feel like you have to do everything at once. In fact, know that you can’t. One goal may have to be finished before you tackle the next one.
Don’t rush it. The beauty of an artistic path is that you get better and better at your craft as you travel on it. Be patient with yourself, and learn what you need to learn before you go on to the next goal.
Remember to celebrate every time you...
We all need to have artistic dreams. Big dreams. Dreams that feel out of reach. Dreams live in our imagination
Goals are destinations toward which efforts are consistently being made.
Dreams can inspire goals. They should, especially for artists. Dreams alone aren’t enough to create reality, though. Goals do that.
Often dreams feel like amorphous thoughts not tethered to reality. I would argue that creating goals inspired by your dreams helps them come true. I’ve talked about this before--the journey is the point for artists. The destination is part of the journey, but can’t be the reason for doing your work. We all know that once you reach your destination (opening night, publication day, the beginning of a tour, etc.) you’re going to get back on the ride.
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