November 7th, 2011
Do you want to do something extraordinary? Then, you need to do something unusual. What? Give yourself a “constant diet of inspiration.” Many people are devoting a lot of attention to nutrition for their bodies. That’s good. And just as important, provide your mind with extraordinary nutrition, too. We’ll use the A.S.K. process:
A – Announce
S – Seek
K – Keep on
First, admit to yourself what you truly want. That is, announce to yourself what is your heart’s desire. Then, only selectively tell others about what you’re doing. Pick people who you know are in your corner, supporting you. Some of our closest family members and friends, would not know how to be supportive if your life depended on it. And, metaphorically, your life does depend on support and inspiration. Because you need to push yourself to do extraordinary tasks to make your dream come true.
Second, announce to the right people what kind of support you need. For example, I recently attended a college reunion. I talked with new contacts about how I’m looking to devote a portion of proceeds from my upcoming children’s book Crystal Pegasus to children’s hospitals. Since I have never released a children’s book before nor have I attempted to formally donate to children’s hospitals I need new contacts. And I asked people for any ideas about people to talk to.
And a couple of days ago, I received an email connecting me to a doctor at a children’s hospital. I wouldn’t have gained such a contact if I did not ask. Getting a new contact and getting support provides me with a big boost of inspiration!
Much good news begins after we ask for support. Asking is a crucial element for you to experience higher levels of success and fulfillment.
I know from experience that getting funding, making and completing a feature film is really tough. Sometimes, I seek inspiration by listening to audio commentaries on DVDs or recorded interviews (on YouTube.com). Just today, I listened to the comments of Steven Spielberg about the pressure he endured while directing Jaws. Then, I listened to Francis Ford Coppola’s comments about his difficulties trying to remain as the director of The Godfather. Both Spielberg and Coppola endured numerous threats of being fired. Their comments inspire me because they endured and made work that has been of value to millions of people over several decades.
3. Keep on
Currently, I’m reading the new biography of Steve Jobs. Steve endured product failures (for example the Lisa computer). And for a time, he was even kicked out of Apple which he co-founded. He is a primary example of someone who “kept on going” and “kept on bouncing back.”
How do you keep on? You provide yourself with a constant diet of inspiration. Reading biographies helps. Walt Disney endured at least one bankruptcy. He said that it’s good to have a failure when you’re young because it teaches that failure can happen to anyone and you can survive it.
Recently, by happenstance, I met someone I knew more than 20 years ago. I was on my cell phone, leaving my name and email address. And, upon hearing my name, this person walked up to me. We had worked on a project that did not turn out the way I had hoped. Here are some of things I said, “Thanks for your work on that project. You did a lot of good work. I made a lot of mistakes with that project. And I learned a lot.”
To do better in life, learning a lot is crucial.
My friends tease me about how I read up to 106 books in one year. I’m looking to be inspired AND I’m looking to avoid mistakes that other people have made.
Do yourself a big favor:
Be sure to have a constant diet of inspiration.
* * * * * * * photo with this article by Johanna E. MacLeod * * * * * * *
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