By: Jordan Ancel
Sometimes we look at all the things we want to achieve in life and we can become debilitated by the amount of work it would seem to take to reach our goals. We see the path to these goals as an enormous mountain we have to climb, and more often than not, we shrink away, never taking more than a few steps. Most people give up when they realize that success is not instantaneous. Along the way to giving up, many will only take some action some of the time with only minimal commitment. So let’s change that, shall we?
As artists, we are ruled by our emotions. And it’s wonderful to able to access those feelings for our craft. But as actors pursuing careers, there is no room for emotions because once we pursue a career, it all becomes about business. There is no emotion in business. Period. No one cares how you feel, they only care about what you can deliver.
The entertainment industry is just that— an industry. It’s called show business for a reason. It is a business like any other, and as artists, we need to learn to navigate it and manage it as such.
If we look at where we’re at in life, the state of our careers, the size of our bank accounts, all that we have are results of actions we’ve taken. If we take massive consistent action, we get one set of results, if we do very little, we get results consistent with that level of commitment.
The actions we take are based on how we feel. When we feel like crap, how much action do we take? Not much. When we’re super-psyched up, we get shit done like a boss!
And how we feel depends on the thoughts we have. We can tell ourselves life is hard and that we’re not good enough or not good-looking enough, or we can tell ourselves that life is easy and exciting, and that we’re awesome and whatever we touch turns to gold. Either way we’re going to be right.
What we tell ourselves is how we end up living because it informs the kind of actions we take, the quality of them, and our commitment.
The only way to achieve anything in life, as we all know, is to take massive consistent action over time, but most of us don’t. We often wait to be inspired or be in the mood to take action. “I’m not feeling motivated right now,” or “I’m not in the headspace right now.” The longer we wait to be inspired the less we’ll achieve and the more we’ll beat ourselves up for not doing what we need to do. When we beat ourselves up, how motivated do we then feel then? Not very, right?
What we need to realize is that if we take action in spite of how we feel, we will get motivated, we will get inspired, because when we feel productive, we feel good about ourselves and what we’re doing. If we can act despite our negative thoughts and our feelings of dread, we will feel better, and we’ll be inspired to take even more action.
Have you ever not feel like working out or going to yoga or going for a run? But then you drag your butt out and do it anyway? Then afterward you feel so great and so happy you did, and now you can take on the world?
That’s exactly what I’m talking about. I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s extremely difficult, but the more you practice taking action toward your goals while you may actually feel like you want to crawl under a blanket, the easier it gets. And the easier it gets, the farther you will get on your path toward your goals and dreams coming true.
Being in the entertainment industry, we, as artists, must get good at the business side of it. The first step is doing whatever it takes all the time. The only way to get shit done and achieve your goals and dreams is to just take action, no matter how you feel, and keep practicing that. The moment your feelings come into play, well, that’s when we binge-watch House of Cards or Walking Dead.
And wouldn’t you rather be on those shows than sitting there watching them? Exactly.
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