How to Actually Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions… for Success

Ah, 2014… time for New Year’s resolutions.  A clean slate.   Excitement in the air!

Have you noticed that some New Year’s resolutions are on the list every year?  What makes this year different?  Will you really be able to accomplish your career breakthrough goals?

Read on for the five keys to success, from making your film to getting your dream job!

  1. Identify a goal that is not impossible, not predictable, but a “breakthrough.”

Often we articulate goals that are literally impossible in the time frame we give them.  It’s important to note that no goal is impossible, rather, it might not be possible in the time allotted.  When we do this, we doom ourselves to failure.  That said, “predictable” is a version of a goal you’ve already done.  Goals are most powerful when articulated in between impossible and predictable, the “sweet spot” that is a “breakthrough.”  It can be scary to say, “By December 31, 2014 I will have a new job as an executive producer earning at least $250k/year.”  But, the key is to say it loud, say it proud, and give it a timeframe.

  1. Put a structure in place for accomplishing your goal.

Now that you understand why a structure is important, make sure you get one!  Making a film or getting your dream job is hard and you will need support in giving it your all even when you don’t feel like it.  This could be a career coaching class or a mastermind group.  Whatever you choose, it must support you in getting out of your comfort zone, strategizing, and holding you accountable.

  1. Enroll a team to support and advise you.

Nothing of any scope or magnitude in life happens alone!  Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto!  Besides your support structure you need a mentor, coach, the support of your significant other, and more. Identify who you need on your team, then strategize enrolling them to join you.

  1. Develop a plan that includes a timeline with deadlines.

All successful businesses have a business plan.  Even if a fluke idea becomes successful, the business must have a plan for capitalizing on that success.  But you don’t want your year to be a fluke!  Your resolutions are the goals you are dedicating yourself to.  You need to have a business plan for your career, a.k.a. your business.  It should include your goal, a timeline, and an action plan.  You will need this plan whether your goal is more entrepreneurial (making a film, selling a show) or getting a certain kind of job.  Sometimes your job is getting the job, and it takes every bit as much strategy as climbing the ladder once you get in.

  1. See it and share it everyday.

Post your goal in places where you’ll see it often — your workspace, your phone screen, even your car.  The more you see it and share it, the more it will happen in your life.

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Shawn Tolleson gives you the practical tools you need to accomplish your dream career. She is the premiere career coach for entertainment industry professionals of all disciplines. She has coached actors from being on the outside of the industry, looking for a “break,” to being working professionals who book TV, film and commercials regularly and earn six figures as an actor. She has coached writers to landing TV staff writing jobs, directors to attaching star actors to their projects, and producers to securing financing for their projects. Recently, her clients have booked jobs working with James Franco, Julia Roberts, Tarsem, Peter Berg, Ray Liotta, Jay Mohr and on shows for AMC, TNT, Discovery, USA, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, and more. Her entertainment industry career includes climbing the ladder from PA to producer of commercials, music videos and high fashion stills, working with some of the biggest names in the industry including the Rolling Stones, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Meisel and Gwen Stefani on 100+ projects. As a filmmaker, she’s sold a pitch to Warner Bros., directed acclaimed theatre, won a screenwriting contest, attached A-list talent to her projects, and seen her films play around the world in film festivals. She brings her real-world experience to her work with her coaching clients.

One thought on “How to Actually Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions… for Success

  1. KyleSharpe

    I’m not sure I agree with you on the first point. Why should your goal be something that relies on others to achieve it? When I submit proposals for freelance editing work, I don’t feel that I’ve failed if I’ve put in my proposal and they choose someone else. I still have given it my best effort. Should we let the fact that we’re not what someone is looking for right now determine whether or not we view ourselves as a success? I think not.