One Step At A Time

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So far, I’ve seen lots of videos, articles, blog posts and more on how to make a great New Year’s resolution. Here’s one basic thing you need to make your New Year’s resolution(s) stick.

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Hope this helps!


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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
and what with this being the first day
of the new year I thought I would do
clue you in on something that I’ve
decided to do this year it’s a little
bit of a challenge a little bit of a
challenge I’ve decided that I need to do
a little more of the eating of my own
dog food I counsel other people on how
to create content how to publish to
their tribe how to be service be of
service and I realized that one of the
ways that I can be of service is to
create some videos for you one a day for
the next year that will give you some
reasonable things to deal with I’m
making them very low-tech you can hear a
siren in the background I’m doing it out
in the open in my office here this is
the uniform that I wear I I’m trying I
try to be comfortable when I’m working
so I just throw on a white t-shirt and
I’m using readers and but what I want to
do with these videos every day is give
you one little golden nugget as my
friend Kristine Oller says that is
useful to you or could be useful to you
in your performance career whatever it
is whether it’s on camera whether it’s
on mic whether you’re an actor using
rehearsal Pro or you’re one of my vo to
go go pros and the first one actually
has to do with today’s date New Year’s
Day we tend to see a lot of articles
around this time of year about how to
create a New Year’s resolution and a lot
of them go a little bit further and they
say here’s how to stick to it but most
of them don’t most of them are all about
you know why is this time of year such a
big time to do this well you know it’s
the renewal of the new year we all know
why but I’m sure that like me you’ve had
some challenges in making the New Year’s
resolutions that you make stick
I certainly have made a new year’s
resolution innumerable times about
losing weight and it’s a real challenge
for me I’ve never had to deal with
things like you know stopping smoking or
drug addiction or some of the bigger
things that people take on is challenges
and this year you know
trust me making a video a day is
challenged but it’s certainly not as a
huge a deal as some of those other items
are but what I wanted to share with you
today is the idea of how to move from
the process of making a resolution to
actually executing the things that you
need to execute to make that resolution
happen and it’s what most of those
articles that we read about kind of you
know some of them will say here’s I get
a journal right get a notebook make a
note every day note before you go to bed
and then wake up in the and it doesn’t
really talk about the hard one foot in
front of the other every single day with
a tiny little thing that will help you
create the habit that you need to get
that that New Year’s resolution done now
I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to do
a video every day for the next year I
think I am I’m gonna try my very best
but it reminds me of a phrase that we’ve
all heard before and that is that a
journey of a thousand steps or journey
of a thousand miles begins with just a
single step and the extension of that
statement is that it continues with
hundreds of thousands of steps beyond
that and sometimes when you look at that
path you go man it’s just so long in so
many steps it’s so hard it says but the
thing is each one of those steps isn’t
all that hard it really isn’t and if you
just make the commitment that you’re
gonna take the next step toward making
that goal a reality just take that next
step get started is the real key and
that’s the Golden Nugget that I wanted
to share with you today getting started
is sometimes the hardest thing in the
world because you think you have to
prepare or you need more knowledge or
you need to understand more about what
you’re gonna be facing down the line
what you need to do is just start and a
great way to do that is to simply say to
yourself I’m gonna figure it out along
the way but today I’m gonna take the
first step
and then later on today I’m gonna take
the second step or tomorrow I’m gonna
take the second step but I’m gonna take
these steps one at a time as I do this
and I’m going to just put one foot in
front of the other I’m not gonna worry
about biting off more than I can chew
I’m not gonna worry about getting it all
done in a day I’m just gonna take each
step that I need and if I need to go
back and review that’s fine give
yourself the permission to do that but
just get started
today’s a great day to create a
reasonable resolution something that you
possibly could accomplish you know I
don’t think it’s a good idea to say I’m
gonna be an Olympic basketball player by
the end of the year because I know I
can’t do that I can’t
I just I’m well aware of my physical
limitations my shoulder is killing me
right now so you know it’s not really
gonna happen but you take an idea of
what you want to do do you want to learn
voiceover you can do that you can I have
hundreds of students who have done just
and they’ve done it one step at a time
do you want to learn how to be a better
auditioner you can do that with Michael
cost drops class do you want to do you
want to eat more healthy as opposed to
lose a hundred pounds do you want to eat
more healthy well you can do that you
can make the decision when you hit that
menu at the restaurant or we need to
decide what to cook for yourself and you
can make a small decision that leads you
closer to that goal my point is getting
started now kind of a good idea if not
now when
all right you’re gonna wait are you
gonna do it now getting started that’s
the message from today now with each one
of these videos I’d like some feedback
from you if you don’t mind I’d love to
chat with you about these things
what kind of resolutions have you made
what are you have you given up on
resolutions how difficult have they been
for you in the past I’ve been easy if
they’ve been easy what have you done to
make them easy what challenges do you
have you know what what are those New
Year’s resolutions that you wish you
could do but you just don’t feel you
have the ability to start is it hard for
you to start a whole bunch of questions
give me a comment below let me know
what’s going on I’m gonna put these up
on my
personal YouTube channel because they’re
gonna cover the waterfront they’re not
just gonna be vo to go go although
that’s where I’m gonna sort of put the
blog posts for this and I I’m looking
forward to this year I hope we come up
with a bunch of things together that
help everybody rise with the tide all
boats rise with the tide right and my
catchphrase is going to be this I’m
David H Lawrence the seventeen thank you
so much for watching and I’ll see you

24 Responses to One Step At A Time

  1. jblaing January 1, 2019 at 2:43 am #

    Thanks for this. Appreciate you embarking on a year of daily steps. I began walking the streets of Fuji city barefoot two years ago. The results were unexpected and, sometimes, quite interesting. Moving step by step can take you to places you don’t expect to get to. As you say, it is important to take that first step.

  2. rebekah rimington January 1, 2019 at 6:27 am #

    Thank you David! Your certainly up bright eyed and bushy tailed. I took your class many years ago and signed with DPN, Random house and Deyan. I’ve read a few audio books etc based on the knowledgeable advice you gave in a $40 class which has made me thousands.

    I appreciate your solid advice and work ethic. I will enjoy watching you thrive towards your weight goal.

    I’ll keep watching. A lil long. More direct. I think it’s amazing you have helped so many artists and keep on being a wonderful service to the community.

    Thank you

  3. J Rodney Turner January 1, 2019 at 6:38 am #

    This is going to be awesome — FYI — just finished my first book for the year — another Tantor Western — thanks for always being there for all of us in the voice acting and on-camera industry — Happy New Year!!


  4. Leslie A Ligon January 1, 2019 at 6:44 am #

    I really appreciate this, David, and look forward to seeing your videos!

  5. Victoria Prather January 1, 2019 at 7:34 am #

    I’m not necessarily a resolutions person, but I am able to put my mind to something and “just launch” -so to speak.
    I have put a lot of effort and energy into my VO career – and admittedly, would love to do even more, but life has its own challenges with some responsibilities and requirements I can’t ignore…
    That being said, I’ve taken the challenge to **do what I can each day**, to propel forward.
    I’ve committed to producing a podcast, with a goal to publish at least once a week. I got the nudge from my voice coach, David, and I am going to continue doing the work – why? Because I committed to it and it’s not only a reasonable goal — but I LOVE voiceover and being in the studio. It’s my version of “me time”.
    New Year Resolutions should be something that being you joy in the journey.
    I look forward to more videos from you, David!
    Happy 2019!

  6. Emma January 1, 2019 at 8:29 am #

    Yours is the first video of 2019 I watched, David, and you captured the essence of my goal for this new year. The challenging thought for me was that I will figure it out as I go. Rather than continue to listen to the self doubt, I’m going to trust the creativity that is in me to bring me through those obstacles that may seem insurmountable. Thank you for continuing to inspire and encourage.

  7. Derek January 1, 2019 at 9:24 am #

    Love this advice! One step at a tough me. I just started exploring the world of Voiceover last year. My hope is to fix nelly get some traction and move this train forward. Love your website and advice!

  8. ed waldorph January 1, 2019 at 9:43 am #

    Hi, David! Happy New Year.

    Golly, that is one lofty goal. I have no doubt that you will accomplish it given your track record. This would be a major task for most folks but I have some idea of what you already have on your plate—as well as how much you give to others, and honestly didn’t think you had much room left in a day.

    I really shouldn’t be surprised, knowing how much you are driven and personally rewarded by helping others—after a lifetime of public service, I know well the satisfaction and personal rewards that can bring.

    My personal resolution for this year was to continue to invest in my career and grow as an actor and grow my business. So, in addition to moving forward (one step at a time) implementing the program(s) you and Dan O’Day and my other coaches have helped me build, I have jumped feet first into the VO2GoGo Pro pool.

    So I, too, will not only have have my work cut out but plenty of opportunity as well. See you tomorrow…

    And the next day… and the next….

  9. Jannie Meisberger January 1, 2019 at 11:17 am #

    David, thank you for such great advice! I’ve always been a ‘cradle to the grave’ person – sinking down into the mire of how many things I need to do to achieve a goal – that I’ve often sat down instead of taking that first baby step!! I need to remember that ‘yard by yard, life is hard, but inch by inch, life’s a cinch’ and get off my duff and plant one foot in front of the other and just DO that first step and be satisfied that I did it, without worrying about how many more steps I may, or may not have to take!!

    • Tammy Taylor January 1, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

      Hey, Jannie – love your attitude! Can I steal your “yard by yard” line? I love it! And yes, let’s just make a commitment to DO a step towards our goal every day, whatever it is! Happy New Year!

  10. RALPH CHELLI January 1, 2019 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks David,
    So at least I watched & listened to this!
    I haven’t even got the mic on yet! ? After that what would you suggest be my first step please!

    • David H. Lawrence XVII January 1, 2019 at 11:32 am #

      Ralph, I’m not sure what you’re talking about in terms of what first steps you need advice on – but if you’re talking about the fact that you are one of our new 2019 Pros, and you don’t know what to do first (even though you have a Welcome Kit that takes you through the first steps), I’d start with the first class, Mastering Home VO Gear, ASAP (before you try to set up your mic, as that class will show you how to do it, step by step). Here’s the link for that:

      If you’re talking about something else, please post your question in the ProConnect Live Facebook group you’re now a member of. Here’s the link for that:

      And if I’ve missed your question completely, remember that when posting here or in the facebook group, the more details the better – and the easier it will be for all of us to help you.

      ANd although this link was in your receipt when you signed up, here’s the link to your VO2GoGo Pro welcome kit:

  11. Paula Faye Leinweber January 1, 2019 at 11:58 am #

    Hi David, thank you for this video! It is right along with the things I was just journalling this morning for my dreams and plans for this year. A confirmation of sorts, and so encouraging. I so appreciate your many words of wisdom, not only in this video but all the other gems you have communicated since I first discovered you and vo2gogo. Looking forward to tomorrow’s video. Thanks so much!

  12. Ralph Chelli January 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

    David you addressed all my ?’s . Will make a new start each day & learn as I go! Thanks

  13. DEe Gianno January 1, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    Thanks David…What a great way to start the day and the year and all of it

  14. Deborah Geffner January 1, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

    Love this! Thank you as always for a clear summary, a call to action, inspiring thoughts, and gentle, kind support. I look forward to listening to more of your videos. All of them!

    I support you in your desire to eat more healthily and lose some weight. A few years ago, I confronted the suggestion that after two children, I was just going to be 40 pounds heavier for the rest of my life. Friends assured me I didn’t “look fat.” I’m tall, and I can “carry the weight.” But I decided to try. A very practical scientist assured me that there was nothing special about my situation stopping me – that anyone who takes fewer calories in than out can lose weight. So I ate mindfully – each bite. Every time I was about to eat something, I asked myself if it would help me towards my goal of losing weight. It was surprisingly easy to identify high calorie foods and stop eating them. I intuitively developed habits that I’ve seen written about, such as stopping when my hunger felt satisfied – even in the middle of a meal. And so on… I lost all the weight I’d put on, and I’ve kept it off for years now.

    This mindfulness I developed around eating seems similar to your suggestion of taking one step. And then another. And then another. I love the image.

    My big challenge comes from the fact that I am very project oriented. I will work with great concentration and perseverance to finish a project, whether for a day or for months. But when there’s something with no end goal – like posting a video a day, studying something, practicing (that’s a big one – derailed my piano playing for sure!) I have little to no discipline. I welcome any ideas you might have around that.

    And again, a big thank you. I wish you and everyone here a wonderful year filled with everything that brings you happiness!

  15. Janice Kent January 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

    As usual, you got me thinking and strategizing on this beautiful January 1st. Your commitment and honesty always inspire me and I’m looking forward to your daily videos. Thank you for sharing yourself.
    How lucky we are to have you in our lives!

  16. Mike Coon January 1, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

    Dear David:
    Thank you for the nudge and sharing the “nugget!” I look forward to your videos in 2019.

  17. Tammy Taylor January 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

    I just love you David H. Lawrence XVII. A couple years ago I saw Meryl Streep at a Q&A talk about how, with some roles she’s taken on, she would work and work and do what she needed to do to get ready for the project but would continually doubt that she could do it and she would say to her husband, “How the hell am I EVER going to do this??” and his answer to her was just what you say here, “Just start!” She said she always comes back to that simple imperative that to accomplish any goal we set, we need only to start and then our journey will guide us as to what’s required of us to move forward. That’s where choice comes in. I have so many goals this year I can’t even count them, but one of them is to commit to my own office hours each morning, during which I find I accomplish so much more than if I don’t. Thank you for declaring and sharing your own commitment to JUST START! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  18. Alexandra (Ali) Harrington January 3, 2019 at 12:12 am #

    Hi David! Great video,as always I think you are full of little “golden nuggets” of helpful knowledge. As far as resolutions go, I think that a lot of people (including myself) get overwhelmed with just how many things they would like to accomplish in the next year, and that’s why they choose not to make a resolution at all. But I think specificity and simplicity are key words in taking these baby steps that you mention. There are so many things I want to read…podcasts to listen to…blog posts to watch….you’ve helped me come up with my resolution in this video alone. So for the next 365 days, I’ll be coming along with you. My resolution is to watch all of your videos, and comment on each one. That simple. I love it already! And I’m excited to hear more from you each day.
    Thanks and here’s to making 2019 our best year yet.

  19. Natalie Winters January 3, 2019 at 9:29 am #

    I love this, David, and look forward to your daily videos! Though I made some major strides in 2018, I have been feeling overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I feel I need to do in order to really set myself up for success. Having the permission to take it one step at a time makes it feel doable. Thank you!

  20. Julia Parker January 7, 2019 at 7:01 am #

    This is a great resolution and I am sure they are going to be enlightening to listen to, David, so first off, thank you for your giving! My biggest challenge is taking that first step with so many things, (online classes, practicing, organizing) but this morning, as I watch this first video of yours (abiet late), I am going to start to transfer my sound studio from the middle of my office into my closet. I’m looking forward to better sound quality, my office space back to normal and to all of your daily videos…step by step.

  21. Bruce Andis January 7, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    I appreciate your discussion about the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Your observe that the destination a thousand miles down the road can overwhelm. You’re spot on. That’s why it’s so much more profitable (and psychologically healthy) to focus on the process and not on the outcome. Besides, who knows where the journey will take you? That thousand-mile-down-the-road destination may be a poor second place finish to something else discovered along the way.

    Love your stuff, David, and your transparency. Keep up the good work.

  22. Trish Bell February 20, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

    Definitely have to start my day with a cup of coffee and a check in to your video, and then open the Mic!…. Thank you David!

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