I have learned over the course of my life that there is symbolism in all things. I recently was reflecting on the phrase or saying (whichever you prefer) of Lights Camera Action and found a way to relate that to things outside of the world of Film and Acting.
Obviously if you have never heard it before it is the way things go on a set. First the set the lights for the shot…make sure the camera is ready and then the director calls action and you are off and making movie magic. Well I submit life is not too much different. We will call “Lights” the epiphany the moment when you discover where you want to go, what you want to, where you want to be etc. You know the time in your life when the cartoon light bulb goes off over your heard or the heavens part and it is as if God himself just gave you an answer (I believe that aint too far off from where those moments come from but no pushing my take on things there).
Yeah so that’s your lights. Now that you have some clarity some idea of where you want to go. The Camera portion is like your preparation. Again in film it is appropriate to get the scene framed just right so that the the acting is captured and conveyed as it was imagined. Actually often what happens (like in life) some unexpected magic happens when the actors bring the scene to life that was not exactly what the director or writers envisioned but work nonetheless. We will get back to that when we cover the action portion of this little analogy. Where was I….Oh yes the camera it is your preparation. Now that you have your lights your great idea, direction, purpose you have to see if you have all the tools necessary to be ready for the action. Do you know how to do what you now feel compelled to do? If not what adjustments must you make. Perhaps you don’t have the right equipment (this is in no way reference to your person for those of you perhaps wondering if I am saying its a mans job but you are a woman or vice versa). When I say equipment I mean its an HD job and you have a flip camera for example. So in life you are high school educated and your mission requires you have a BA or BS (As an aside allow me to say I feel it so appropriate for a degree to be called BS cuz often that may be what it gets you or means…but again I shall leave my opinion there so as not to start a debate over education when it is not the point).
I must stay focused or we will never get to action but I hope you are enjoying reading it as much as I am writing it. Anyway getting back on track. So you have gone out you have acquired the tools, skills, knowledge to carry out your big idea, mission, plan. Ready to pat yourself on the back and celebrate. That isn’t a bad idea but I caution you not to dwell there because the next part is where the adventure truly gets interesting. Its time to see the fruition of your work. (Pulling out megaphone….AND ACTION!) The director has called action you have prepared for this day the lights are the set the camera is rolling and you are on. ACTION is the most overlooked and often where most people stop. Its all theory up until this point now this is where the mustard meets the hot dog the rubber meets the road and all those other corny sayings. I want to go back to something I touched on earlier however…remember when I said this is when unexpected magic happens. Stay with me here….I am going somewhere with this. Well when you take action on things in life it rarely goes the way you imagined it at least not picture perfectly so. There are surprises. You mostly surprising yourself at your capabilities. This is why we have these epiphanies to continue our evolution on this journey called life. When you take action on your ideas or toward your dreams magic happens every time no matter what the outcome. You grow you learn you adapt etc.
The biggest criticism of “The Secret” was the absence of the action portion. Just like on a set without the call for ACTION nothing happens…no one knows the magic has begun. The idea (lights) is nothing with the preparation (camera) and neither gets you far without the doing (action). One of my fave quotes from the movie “The Peaceful Warrior” is “The difference between knowledge and wisdom; Wisdom is doing!”
I took you through all that to say Lights, Camera, annnnnnnnnd ACTION! Your on….life is waiting for you don’t miss your moment to be the STAR THAT YOU ARE!
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Each Week begins (well for most due to the work cycle) on Monday and most begrudgingly get out of bed to go to a job because of our obligation to our bills and family etc. Today I want to talk about how to turn Monday into a day of motivation. First it is a beginning. A week of possibilities lay ahead of you. Being that it is the first day of the rest of your life a lot of promise is in this day. This could be the day you start on your plan to get ahead at work. Or it could be the day you begin “OPERATION JOB or LIFE CHANGE”. With any beginning is excitement, and perhaps a bit of apprehension or anxiety regarding the unknown possibilities. I encourage all to find their motivation on this Monday and all Mondays. Another way to do this is to celebrate your previous weeks wins, accomplishments, learns etc. Then vow to go forth in this week and go further than before. If you always meet your Monday with “I can’t wait till Friday” well then you are missing so much opportunity in life. Each day is an opportunity to celebrate this life and move yourself toward your goals on this journey called life. So waste not a second looking forward to the next or wishing it were another moment for this second is precious. Do something exceptional with it for you are exceptional. So to recap start your week with excitement for the unlimited possibilities that lay ahead. Celebrate all you did in the previous week the good and the seemingly not as good for they all are leading you to your greatness. Then take the steps to carry out a plan from this day forward to live your life to its fullest for every moment above ground is a gift! OPERATION MONDAY MOTIVATION underway….now go get em tiger! (Cheesy I know but you get the point) Happy Monday all!
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