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Why Actors Shouldn't Set Goals!

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

By Faith Hibbs-Clark

You’ve probably been told that to be productive: you should set goals. Big goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals. Stretch goals. All these fancy goal-setting ideas are just that … ideas. They all have one important thing in common -- to cause you to fail at reaching your goals.

These goal-setting concepts all have one very important thing missing.

What is it?

It’s science!

Most goal-setting programs set you up for failure. Science can help you work with your brain, not against it. 🧠 If you don’t understand the science of your brain, then setting goals is just something fun to do while drinking champagne with your friends on New Year's. Without science, you are setting yourself up for failure. 

The thinking behind these other goal-setting programs is that to achieve anything meaningful, you need to turn it into a goal.

Well… maybe.

While goals can be really helpful, they aren’t always ideal.

Goals have one big problem: they have a termination point.

In other words, you’re not successful until you’ve reached your goal, and until this happens, you might feel like:

  • You’re spinning your wheels, not going anywhere.

  • You’re a failure.

  • You haven’t achieved anything because the goal seems so distant.

Measuring your success this way can make you feel defeated, especially if you have big, ambitious goals.

For example, if you want to be an Academy Award-winning actor, nothing you do until you reach that goal will make you feel like you’re enough. You may make incredible strides in your acting career, but they will fall flat compared to your hard-to-achieve goal.

Since a goal has an “end," you will never feel like a success until you’ve achieved it. And even when you achieve your goal, you simply have to start all over again with the next one.

The reality is you might not even know what the “next” goal should be. I mean, what’s next after an Academy Award? Does that become your new bar?

So, you feel aimless. You know you should be seeking to accomplish something, but you’re not sure what that something should be.

Even worse, you might feel like since you have already accomplished your goal, you can go back to your old habits instead of pushing and growing. You could lose all the forward progress that you made.

It’s a setup to make you feel like a consistent failure. Our society and culture thrive on it because making you feel small keeps many other people rich and in power.

In my Science of Goal Setting Workshop and 28-day Actor Action Program, I will challenge you to rise above this dilemma. I will give you a goal-setting system that will work with your brain and not against it. I am going to help you REWIRE your brain for true actor success!
 You guessed it... using SCIENCE!

🎥 2-hour live kick-off workshop with me & a small group of dedicated actors

🎥 An action-packed private portal program that you can access from anywhere, computer, iPad, iPhone where you can complete action steps and track your success.

🎥 Each day check off tasks and feel that sense of accomplishment in just 15 - 20 minutes each day. Plus earn stars and rewards as you complete tasks.

🎥 Best of all, join our active and motivated community for valuable networking because you are not alone in this adventure! Your future self is waiting for you! Join now!

Are you with me? Check it out now! Space is limited to the first 25 participants!

Faith is a body language expert who specialized in deception detection before becoming a casting director and working in the film industry for over 25 years. She is the founder of the Communication Method for Actors, LLC & the creator of the Acting Science Method ™. 

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