YEAR-END BUSINESS - PART 2
Set Your Goals & Action Plans Now
(aka New Year’s Resolutions Suck!)
December 26, 2011
See Part 1: Wind Up Income & Corporate Chores
By Tom Dheere
So, 2012 is just around the corner. Are you gonna make some half-hearted resolution at around 11:54 PM on New Year’s Eve, again?
In the voice over profession as well as in life, vague goals will get you vague results. Specific goals will get you specific results.
If you truly want to make strides as a voice talent, you need to have:
Having a Mission (aka a Mission Statement ala Stephen Covey) and having Goals is not necessarily the same thing.
Goals are focused; a Mission is broad.
A Mission is your United States Constitution. It declares:
Writing a Mission is a challenge and takes time. It forces you to examine who you are and your values.
Trust me, it’s worth it!
Once you have the Mission in place, you have to set Goals to fulfill that Mission.
The Goals must be specific and address five key areas in your voice over career. (Special thanks to Dan Duckworth of Voiceovers Unlimited for crafting them!). They are:
1. Finances/Cash Flow
All of these areas must be developed for you to be a truly successful voice talent.
Like a Mission, crafting Goals requires some serious thought and a thorough examination of how you want to be a part of the voiceover community.
An Action Plan is critical! This is what you use to achieve those Goals on an incremental basis.
Your Action Plan, like your Goals, is broken down into Dan Duckworth’s five key areas, but now they are more task-oriented and designed to help you develop a regimen.
These tasks should be specific and strong.
Tasks could (and should!) include things like,
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
This is difficult stuff! Any endeavor that is worthwhile should be.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Actually, strike that. The only way you will fail is if you DON’T build a Mission, Goals, and a Plan.
Break a leg and Happy New Year!
ABOUT TOM ...
Tom Dheere is a 15-year veteran of the voice over industry. He has narrated almost one thousand projects spanning every area of the industry, including commercials, audiobooks, and video games. His Good Karma Network (GKN) has an international following and has been the subject of numerous articles and features.
Good Karma Network: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GKN
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