No, we’re not gonna have a soccer talk. One subject that I will rarely, if ever, talk about on the blog is sports. Nothing wrong with sports, just not something that’s on my mind very often.
What’s the Big Idea?
The goal is the big idea. It is the driving force behind your career or arts organization. As I said in yesterday’s post, it’s important to have a clear purpose and pursue it to the fullest.
If you are a member of an arts organization that isn’t growing, it’s time to examine if you’re working toward a goal or just stalling until people lose interest. I’ve noticed a few companies (and not just in the arts) that don’t seem to be growing or progressing, just churning out more of the same. Is that what you want to be doing?
Let’s Be Clear
It doesn’t matter what your goal is. You can create a dance company just for the sake of giving yourself an opportunity to work with friends and choreograph, or your goal could be to become the next man on the moon. No matter what the goal is, make it clear, specific, and don’t pretend it’s anything else.
If you claim to be a professional arts organization and WANT to grow beyond your small storefront space, do something about it. If you’re content to have your organization be a full time hobby, more power to you! You’re in it for the love of it and you love it how it is. Wonderful.
But if you are a part of the former and have lofty goals, do something about it. Start acting like it. Now. Be the change you want to see in your organization, group, life, world.
If you want to become an astronaut, figure out the steps you need to get there. For your arts company, plan long term. A company can last a lifetime and longer if it sets goals and continues to work toward them. If your serious about what you want to be doing, don’t just think about what you’re doing tomorrow or next month.
“Instead of thinking end of month, begin thinking end of time.
– Jeffrey Gitomer
What are your goals?