I originally planned this post as a 10 goals for the next 10 years but I thought to myself I don’t want to limit or strive for the amount of goals I set myself and don’t want a time frame either in which I HAVE to complete them in. However, I know that they will be a work in progress and it’ll take more than just a post about them to reach my goals, but here’s a start.
1. Focus on myself
Everyone says that your 20s are your selfish years, well this era is just beginning for me so I have yet to start focusing more on myself and not pleasing or revolving my life around others and become more selfish (not always a bad thing).
2. Strive for nothing less than the best.
Along with focusing on myself, I never want to do anything halfheartedly, it’s all or nothing. So whatever I end up doing in my next few years whether it be performing on stages, choreographing shows or just working full/part time to pay my bills – I promise to myself that I’ll strive for nothing but the best I can do.
3. Don’t be afraid of failing.
In an industry so competitive and successful, the performing arts careers can be short lived or not lived at all, I struggle to admit when I’m struggling or failing so I have come to realise this isn’t the best. Failing does not mean your a failure, it means you still have some learning and improving to do. Both of which can never be finished, there is always something new to learn, and something else to improve on.
4. Take as many opportunities as possible.
This sort of goes hand in hand with number 1, in which focusing on myself could mean taking more opportunities when they’re available. I have often wondered ‘what if?’ to a lot of things I’ve done in my life (so far) and honestly don’t have many regrets, so I hope to continue this and grab all chances I get in order to strive and be the best version of me I can.
5. Be more caring and work on my support towards others.
Now, I know that by focusing more on myself that this may sound like the people in my life will take a backseat, now this is not the case. Completely the opposite if anything, sharing my successes and being a part of others is something I love to do, seeing people be happy and succeeding in what they love best makes me so happy to see and motivates me even more. My family and friends are the most supportive people I have around me and for them to have continually stood by me all this time, I owe them my lifetime successes.
6. Don’t ignore problems (especially health related).
As a performer, it is quite normal for us to have little niggling injuries or health problems from the amount we do, but I am known for ignoring these and not resting in case I miss out on anything (as I said in number 4, I want to take every opportunity I can). However, if I am not 100% I won’t be taking full advantage of those opportunities, therefore health and fitness are becoming a much more important factor in my life.
7. Finally give up my habits.
I am determined. For as long as I have known I have had rubbish little habits that niggle and sit with me for years and years (including my worst and most disgusting habit of biting my nails; whether it be through boredom, nervousness or just randomness). I – by the time I hit 25 – will no longer bite my nails or chew the inside of my mouth and lips, these annoying little habits will be no more.
8. Say yes to more (linking back to number 4)
Yes. Yes. Yes. This will become my favourite word, I do have a few regrets in terms of ‘staying in too many nights’ when I could just get out for one or two drinks with my friends, or grabbing all the available opportunities. I want to say Yes more and make less excuses as to why not.
9. Become someone’s inspiration or some kind of inspirational person for at least someone.
This has always been a life time goal of mine, to be someone’s inspiration or to just simply inspire someone to do something etc. This would be my life complete, knowing I made had an positive impact on someone’s life by simply just being me and doing what I love, that would be amazing! (Ideal: becoming a dance teacher/choreographer/instructor and inspiring my students or fellow dancers).
10. Be happy and content in what I am doing.
And finally, in whatever I end up doing in my 20s I want it to be something I love, not something I feel I have to do. I have always lived by the way of ‘Do what you love & that makes you happy and the money will come’. Money is not everything but lets be real, you need it to live (buying food, a roof over your head etc) but don’t revolve your life around it, because then your happiness will suffer. Happiness is everything.
What are your goals for the next few years? What do you think to mine?