Discipline... UGH! I’ve never been one to be very disciplined.
Truth be told, I marvel at the people I’ve worked with who get to every show an hour and half early to do a full body warm up and vocalize. I’m lucky if I can sing in the shower and do some stretching.
All joking aside, staying disciplined consistently is not an easy task. One of the most challenging things about a career in the theatre is the constant change of schedule. You have to be able to turn your schedule on a dime so that you’re available for opportunities when they arrive.
So, if you’re like me and can’t really stay disciplined well on your own, here’s some tips on how to make it a reality.
1) Forgive Yourself
Just accept it; you’re not the most disciplined person, but you don’t have to be to have a long successful career on Broadway. You need drive and a willingness (plus talent), that’s all.
2) Ask For Help
People innately want to help others, so why not seek out someone who has their self-discipline on lock. Accountability is a big motivator. A coach would be a great place to start to help shift your mind into more disciplined behavior. Or if you’re on a budget, explore the idea of an accountability group.
3) Take It One Day/Hour/Minute/Thing At A Time
They say it takes up to 30 days of doing something to create a habit. Break down the habits you want to create and tackle each of them, one thing at a time. This way, you aren’t setting yourself up to burn out or get discouraged.
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Keep working towards those consistent habits!