• Stephen

Making Smarter Resolutions to Level up in Comedy and Fundraising

I concluded 2019 with wholesome intentions;

6pm dinner in Chinatown with friends,

9pm go home,

10pm pajamas,

10:30pm micro dose,

11pm sit down to meditate and get aligned for 2020

11:10pm evacuate all Chinese food.

11:30pm realize I macro dosed.

I drifted off to my first restless sleep of 2020 at 5am while cats made sweet love outside my window.


Before being lulled to sleep by the sounds of nature, and between getting lost in the bathroom and painting above my bed, I came up with two lists.

The first list consists of goals that are 100% within my control, or have a broad intention, so that I can achieve them, even if I'm given obstacles along the way that alter the vision.


The second doc is a roadmap to achieve those goals. It outlines, the best way I see to get where I want to go, and includes specific details as to how to get there.


My past New Year’s resolutions would fall apart because I’d include exact dollar amounts, and dates. I would outline the exact projects that would get me there. Once those projects fell apart, I would consciously, or subconsciously start letting go of the other goals.


Of my ten resolutions last year, I was only able to keep three of them...

- Write and perform 20 new minutes

- Put together multiple tours

- Start a comedy-centric social enterprise


Ones I couldn’t keep included “Earn $5,000 in monthly income from marketing projects.” I spent so much time focusing on that goal that a lot of things appeared and disappeared along my peripheries before I was able to capitalize on them.


So here are the 2020 goals (Written by me, FOR me)


OVERARCHING

Create more than you consume

Be comfortable in your own skin - the path forward is going to be a weird one

GET TWICE AS GOOD AT COMEDY


HEALTH

Best shape since 2015 (Rugby prime)

No drinking


COMEDY

Write EVERY DAY (Hence why I am writing this blog post)

Get on stage at least 360 times

Perform at more music festivals than any other year (5)

Put together 30 strong minutes

Capitalize on social media


PERSONAL

No additional debt!

Meditate more

Read more

Be a better friend and family member

Stop comparing yourself to others (.... while also capitalizing on social media)

Go to therapy…. at least once this year


PHILANTHROPY

Develop relationships with and help as many nonprofits as you can

Focus on developing relationships with communities who you can support, and who can support you right back!


I’ve got to a point where I intuitively know what steps must be taken to get me to the next level of my career, both in comedy and fundraising. Now it's about doing it!

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