If you’re anything like me, and have all the desire but the complete inability to muster up the willpower to walk past a fondant fancy, then this is the time of year when you’ll steel all your resolve , channel your inner zen master and make the life changing decision to be a better person in every way imaginable.
Readers of this blog will know I have entire note books dedicated to ‘to-do’ lists. My technique is to start the list with a trivial task that has already been achieved, ie:
numero uno) brush teeth.
With relish, I tick the box. Instant sense of self gratification and… voila, we’re on our way! But in this game, it’s hard to work out exactly where it is we’re on our way to sometimes. Back in the safe confines of the educational system, ticking things off your to-do list got you places; it brought you closer to a clearly defined end goal and you could see the results in black and white.There was a logical process; a ladder on which you could place one foot and then the other and each little shimmy upwards was heading in the right direction.
This theatre lark on the other hand… Of course there are ladders. You will see others effortlessly gliding up them. But there are so many side steps. Sometimes it seems a bit like one of those optical illusions of staircases which appear to lead you somewhere and then you find yourself exactly where you started. It seems to me that this is exactly when you need to feel like you are making your own personal headway, ticking off your own boxes and feeling like you’re climbing up rather than treading water. Ahem. Wow. Enough of that analogy.
So, back to the mantra: small, achievable goals. I will not lie to myself: I know full well that I will not lie in semi-supine for an hour every day, working the old pelvic clock and ‘sussing’. The likelihood is that I shall not be able to high kick like a chorus member in Chicago before the summer is upon us and as much as I hate to admit it, I think aspirations of adding ‘concert pianist’ to the CV is probably beyond my small hobbit hands.