In Greg Strom’s Podcast, Filling Up (http://themilethatmatters.podbean.com/e/the-mile-that-matters-podcast-2-filling-up/), he references the story of Billy Elliot. First an acclaimed movie, the story found its way to Broadway under the vision of Elton John. The story chronicles the life of a young man in a poverty-stricken coal mining town in Northern England. Billy’s life is forever changed when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson.
What Billy discovers is what we have in us – passion. When Billy’s passion is unleashed and nurtured, those who dismissed his passion see his undiscovered gift. As we journey with Billy we learn that greater the obstacle often greater the opportunity. Through his struggles we can apply those principles he learned to our daily lives. And, though Billy is a dancer, he keeps his feet on the ground. He learns to grow as he perseveres.
As I listened to Greg’s Podcast I was taken back to a pivotal moment in my Personal Development journey. My long term consulting gig was coming to an end and my gut was telling me this is my moment. I knew I was quite good at making bold decisions in a safe zone. Those are not bold decisions. Those are decisions one makes when they are reluctant to move forward.
Each year Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS sponsors the Broadway Flea Market. Times Square and Shubert Alley are packed full of Broadways finest, veterans, and fans. It is a time for the theatrical universe to come together for a charitable cause. The Universe not only encouraged me to go, it challenged me to step up and volunteer. Much like Billy, my passion needed to be unleashed. I volunteered to work one of the booths.
While helping set up the booth, I saw a script for Billy Elliot that one of the actors used. My impulse said “get it.” I did. The first page that I opened was the lyrics:
And the stars looked down
And give us vision to see the light
The stars look down upon our struggle
The stars look down and know the past
The stars look down
And see a future bright at last
The Law of Attraction was in motion. I knew at that moment not only must I fully embrace my Personal Development journey; this community is to be a vital part of that journey. Greg’s podcast was the Universe saying, “See, I told you.”
What is your passion? Is it part of your Personal Development journey?
Best-selling Author and Entrepreneur Jim Rohn’s theory is we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. This relates to the law of averages which is the theory that the result of any given situation is the average of all outcomes. Entrepreneurs and successful people know that in order to increase our wins, we must also increase our losses.
Let’s put Rohn’s theory to a test. Get a sheet of paper and turn it horizontal (landscape for the geeks out there). Now, draw 5 columns. At the top of each column, write one name for each column of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Next, under each name write Greatest Strengths. Number vertically 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Make a dotted line across the page under each ‘5.’ Under the dotted line, write Weakest and again number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Draw a dotted line. Under the dotted line, write LifeStyle and again, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
For each person, list what you feel are their Greatest Strengths. Next, under Weakest, list what you feel are areas they may not be as strong in. These do not need to be weaknesses or qualities they need to acquire, but rather are areas where they are not as strong as their greatest strengths. Finally, under LifeStyle, write 5 attributes of the life they live. Are they married? Kids? Home Owner? Happy in their job? Good income? Educated? Successful?
Take a few moments and compare each category across the page. Are there any common characteristics of the 5 you associate with? Are those your strengths or weaknesses? Do they reflect the lifestyle you embrace?
Now, flip the paper over and put your name at the top. List what you think those 5 may say about you? And, if you are so inclined, ask them to do this exercise on you. Does your 5x5x5x5LS (5 friends x 5 strengths x 5 weaknesses x 5 LifeStyle) match up?
Through many Personal Development programs we are introduced to the concept of a Guiding Light, North Star, or as Napoleon Hill writes in Think and Grow Rich, a Definite Purpose. For many, Guiding Light is an iconic daytime drama that brought us such stars as Ian Ziering, Christopher Walken, Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, JoBeth Williams, and Kevin Bacon, to name a few.
Your Guiding Light is not a goal, something you have achieved, or the destination of your journey. It is a guiding principle to live by to attain those goals, create those achievements, and is the basis of the journey one chooses.
Basically, your Guiding Light is the foundation of everything you do to achieve and create success. Can one’s Guiding Light change? Yes. That is part of the alignment and realignment one does along their journey and as one enriches their personal development.
When I began my journey, like many, I struggled with my Guiding Light. Immediately I felt I must have one in order to be successful. I had always been attracted to the quote, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” from the iconic musical, Cabaret. Other idioms such as the Golden Rule, “Just Do It,” and “Think Differently” were also on my list.
Despite proclaiming this as my Guiding Light and writing it down, it seemed shallow. Shortly thereafter, I was in New York and heard the line, “The only Latter Day that matters is tomorrow,” from The Book of Mormon. I remember thinking, “There it is. Add the two together and I have my real guiding principle.” For the next two years, my Guiding Light was, “The only Latter Day that matters is tomorrow, and tomorrow belongs to me.” This told me that whatever I did today determines the quality of my tomorrow.
Since the first of the year I’ve been expanding my Personal Development, enriching it with podcasts and re-reading books such as Think and Grow Rich.
The more I read, the more I listened, the more I studied; I began to realize that my Guiding Light was out of alignment. The emphasis was on tomorrow. What about today? In a moment of true inspiration I remembered what Professor Harold Hill said in The Music Man, “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to make today worth remembering.”
And there it was, my Guiding Light; “Make today worth remembering.”
Do you have a Guiding Light?
Daily during my workout or my walk, I listen to a Personal Development podcast. One morning, the podcaster quoted Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grown Rich.” When I got home I Googled what I remembered of the quote to get the exact saying. There, I found a link to “Think and Grow Rich.” I had read the book many years ago, but only remember a few of the quotes. The Law of Attraction was in motion.
The next morning, while listening to a podcast, the podcaster spoke to how he was not getting the results he wanted, so that evening he sat at his computer and began writing his manifesto. He printed out two copies, placed one next to his computer so that he could read it each morning and one next to his bed so it would be the last thing he would read at night. I thought it was a cool idea, but had no idea how to write a Manifesto. A manifesto seemed too scholarly for me.
That evening, while reading “Think and Grow Rich,” I found the six things one must do to create their desire for riches. There in black and white was how I would write my manifesto.
The Law of Attraction is certainly in motion. I have written my Manifesto, and read it out loud every morning and evening. Have you written your Manifesto?
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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