Clowns — like all artists — need to set performance goals
New years are for new beginnings. Diets, resolutions, dreams, and promises — not everyone looks fondly back on the previous year! Many of us look back on the last year and say “Good riddance!” We’ve run the race through the holiday crush and slide into the home plate of the New Year with a plop! We made it!
It’s only human nature for us to want a chance to start over. Begin again with a clean slate.
How can we apply this idea to our clowning? Writing things down helps us see our goals and help keep us accountable.
Try this solution (I’ve broken it into 3 pages so you won’t be tempted to skip ahead!)
Answer these questions in reference to your clowning or clown business.
No…really do it! C’mon. You may be surprised what your find out. I’ll even give you MY answers (they pertain to my business and clowning)
Three things would I would like to do this year?
- Travel less
- Right a new solo routine with my ukulele
- Design myself a new light Auguste costume
Three new places I would like to perform
- Therapeutic Humor conference
- More with my clown club
- More with my elf character
Three things I would like to change
- Keep better track on my phone calendar
- Reorganize my shipping and receiving department
- Additional light costume designs
Three things I would like to improve
- Increase efficiency in our mail order process
- Timeline for Moose Camp tasks
- New Layout for Moose Camp flyer
HOW can I achieve these goals?
If you don’t do the follow-through on the HOW, you might as well not bother to answer the questions. Hey, that may sound tough but it is the honest truth! The best way to make a change is to be committed to come up with a solution.
One idea I recently read about and really like, “Don’t focus on the problem, magnify the solution”. It is another version of the glass being half empty or half full. Look at ways you can accomplish your goal, even if it seems unlikely.
Open up your heart to the possibilities. Imagine what your clown world would be like if you were able to accomplish your goals.
Don’t focus on why you haven’t done it so far. That only feeds negative thinking and keeps you in the rut of status quo. We are creative people! Use your imagination to help your brain “feel” the positive feelings of a solution. You will be surprised how your subconscious will start to work on making your goals a reality.
Keep your 3-item lists in a handy spot. Next to your night stand is a great spot so you can read it over right before you go to bed. Look at it every day or every couple of days. Don’t judge yourself, just read it over.
Solutions will not appear overnight. But they will start to appear, because you keep entering the information in your brain. You will start to “see” some solutions that may have been right in front of you all along!
If you change your mind on what your want to achieve, go ahead and change your goals. Adapting is a part of the creative process. You may be able to fine tune your goals in a way you have never thought possible!
Keep at it. From a single apple seed an entire orchard can grow. I hope you find a seed of change and inspiration in the things you write.
I am wishing you all a blessed happy and prosperous New Year!
Be inspired! Read these other blog posts to help boost your confidence and get you thinking:
- “10 Choices You’ll Regret” This list is a MUST-READ for all clowns!
- “You Never Know” You never know who is watching that might need a smile. You never know what dreams you may inspire.
- “Don’t Over-Think It” How to create a clown character without too much stress.
- “You Are A Gift” Feeling down? Remember, each time you put on that red nose, you’re going to make someone’s day!
- “National Clown Shortage” Where have all the clowns gone?
- “The Purpose of a Clown” What are we on the Earth for?
- “What Keeps a Clown Club Thriving?” The answer might surprise you!
- “Be Prepared” How does a clown keep organized all year long?
- How to wrap up business like a pro