Recently I read an article and it really rang true to me. I thought to myself “This is so true! My clown family would appreciate this article.”
It was written by Angel Chernoff, and had 10 sections to it. To help you digest it easier and let it soak in, I will break it down over the next couple of weeks. I also want to share my clown perspective on each point. Enjoy!
Section IV: Ten choices that ultimately lead to regret, and how to avoid them:
Procrastination: it’s a nasty habit. The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do. But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do. And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t.
A Clown’s Perspective –
Don’t be afraid to speak up! You may feel like you are not good enough to be the leader in a skit. Don’t be afraid to try. Have the guts to speak up and ask to take the lead. Try saying this at your next clown club meeting: “I know Sammy usually is the leader for the Emergency Clown Broadcasting System skit, but I would like to have a chance at that sometime soon. Could we work it out so I could give it a try?” It doesn’t hurt to ask. You may be surprised that folks are more than willing to make a change.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself that no one has noticed your talents yet. Have you put yourself forward? Do they even know what your skills are? Most humans are not mind-readers; you need to communicate your wishes. If you’re waiting for a personal invitation to strut your stuff, you’ll be waiting for a long time. Some clowns sit on the sidelines making up their minds they are not good enough to do this or that. Learn to let that go.
Set some goals for yourself for things you want to do with your clowning. A new year is right around the corner. Be ready with some concrete goals. Without a plan, it is all just a fantasy. Tell yourself: “This year I would like to learn _________________” Then share your idea with a friend. That way you will be more accountable. Get them to pick a goal as well. That way you have a partner. You can even use this exercise at a clown club meeting. Go around the room and ask everyone what their goal for the upcoming year is. Have someone write it down. Then 6 months from now review and see how everyone is doing. Hopefully it will inspire new growth in your club and its members.
Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something. So stop daydreaming and START DOING. Take full responsibility for your life – take control. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something…someday. Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.
A Clown’s Perspective –
Yes, the world does indeed need you; don’t neglect your personal health or your own needs. And don’t neglect your clown. Take the time to take care of your stuff and protect the investments you’ve made. This means polish your shoes, clean your costume, wash and style your wig, restock your balloons or face paint, update your website and business cards, repair/clean/paint your props. Take a good hard look at your clown toys. It may be time to replace some things. It is so easy to forget about maintenance of our clown things as we focus on our performance. It is important to stop and take a closer look!
I hear many clowns down-play their performances saying “I’m just a volunteer”.
Wow — does that mean you don’t owe your audience your very best?!? Does adding the word “just” give you the excuse to be lazy in your make-up or sloppy in your skit? Go out of your way to learn something new, practice, take a class, put in some time and effort. You will have more fun with your clowning if you do. You will feel better about what you have to offer. It will be more fun for everyone!
…Ten life choices that lead to regret…
I would love to hear your opinions on these pieces of advice. Have a real-life example of putting it into practice? Tell me about it!
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