Yesterday was such an incredible, amazing day, and all because I made things happen! When the first of January rolled around I set some goals, mainly numerical ones. The first was to hit 1,500 reads for the month of January for my blogs through WordPress, and yesterday I hit 1,555! But also along the way I had been invited to do my first guest blog on http://www.thenewperfect.com, which also generated more reads (not sure how many but they have a pretty big blog readership) and then I was invited to do my own column called “Shannon’s World: Raw” (http://www.racerxvt.com/article/shannons-world—raw) on www.racerxVT.com, a virtual training website spun off Racer X Online and it’s picked up thousand of hits (thanks Tim!).
So where do I go from here? It’s not even January 31 yet! I guess I could either coast out the rest of the month since I’ve hit my goal four-fold—which would be my old way of doing things—or I can readjust them now and see just how far past it I can soar! Then I can collect all my numbers on the first day of February and set new goals for next month.
Numbers are such an exciting thing—unless you’re an accountant, LOL. I’ve always found them to be pretty magical actually. Who would have thought? But when I look back on my last month having a number to hit has really helped me in keeping working toward my goals. I see the number in my mind every day, which directs my intentions both subconsciously and consciously. Each day those numbers just kept adding up and I kept getting closer and closer to the summit.
Yesterday a second goal of mine was reached. A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about stepping back into the world of modeling after a ten-year hiatus (an extended baby break). In December I set a goal of meeting with my old booking agent and getting signed back up. Just a week later I was called in to shoot a preliminary campaign for a well-known bicycle brand, which was just for the advertising team to take back to corporate to see if their ad campaign would fly. Yesterday I got the call that I was chosen for the real deal as well. I was pretty darn excited I must say.
I believe that deal happened because when I shot the first time around I was 150% present on the set. A pretty face, a smile and a 5’ 10” frame does not always land the job; sometimes they’re just looking for a soccer mom whom potential buyers can relate too, which means even someone like me, at 5’5”, can fill the spot. No matter your looks, you’ve got to have an engaging personality to go with it because you are working long hours with a team of photographers, makeup artists, ad directors and sometimes the corporate folks. Ten years ago I would have let that totally intimidate me but I’ve taken a different approach this time around. I took the time in between shooting to build relationships with everyone. It makes for a more warm and confident feeling when the camera is on you and also let’s your real personality shine through onto the film. It takes the edge off the whole setting and allows you to not only enjoy the opportunity, but also get the job done well. I had such a blast and can’t wait for next week to shoot with the same team again.
But now it’s time to set some numbers as far as what I expect out of myself in the realm of modeling. Do I want to try to branch out into other areas and maybe even start doing commercials? That would be fun, but that will take an even higher level of confidence and engagement. I would definitely like to give it a try!
A goal not set is only a wish…….
Make it a great year,