At the beginning of my year at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, I wanted to be sure that I kept my focus on getting the most out of my time here. The night before classes began, I wrote this for myself and hung it above my desk. Every so often I check in with it and it really puts things in a helpful perspective, particularly being in a performance training program. I’ve needed it in the past couple weeks, and it has often helped to realign me. I offer it here in case anyone else finds it helpful:
I did not come here to impress anyone
I did not come here to please anyone
I came here to learn
I came here to acquire new skills
I came here to grow and to evolve
I came here to work toward my potential
I came here with the goal of walking out a better person than I walked in.
I will take risks
I will honor the work I do here
I will honor my own personal journey
I will honor myself within that journey
I will not lose sight of what I came here to do
If I do, I will concentrate on refocusing my energy, remind myself why I came here, and get back to doing it.
I believe the last line is especially important…