How to Set Unplannable Goals

When pursuing a one-off goal, traditional goal-setting may be impossible. Rigor, however, isn’t. Surprisingly, actors and performers hold the answer to progress without plans.

Stever Robbins
5-minute read
Episode #252

Cultivate Opportunity

Each experiment should teach you where opportunity does and doesn’t lie. Put yourself where opportunity is bound to pass by: around people. People who are moving, shaking, making things happen, and bathing regularly. Missi Pyle is an experienced actress. She knows people from all over the performing industry. The more relationships she has, the more opportunities will pass her way.

Even if you’re in a job, make opportunity by meeting people. Attend conferences, get business cards, and stay in touch. Choose projects where you meet people inside and outside your company, so they get to know you and the quality of your work.

Seizing Opportunity When It Arrives

Once you’re in the middle of the flow, moving, shaking, and getting to know people, opportunity will knock. ANSWER! Missi found her current Off-Broadway role because the playwright was a friend of hers. She was heading to New York on an unrelated trip. He heard about it and asked her to stop by audition. She said “yes.”

Develop Useful Skills

Finally, continuously develop your skills, so you can be a good fit for more opportunities. If Missi can sing, dance, act, and do a convincing imitation of a Bronx homicide detective who’s male and 3’7” (I’m not joking), she can get roles that other, less-talented folk, can’t. Plus, you meet other students, who are people, and, where there are people, there are opportunities.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.