Whatever story you’re trying to tell, the first thing you’ve got to do is get in character.
Ask Julia Roberts in Erin Brokovich, or Will Smith in Ali or Meryl Streep in just about anything she’s done.
Learning the script is the price you pay for us to listen to you.
Doing the hard emotional work of getting into character is the price you pay for us to believe you.
James calls this identity-based goal setting.
Zig just called it: be-do-have:
“You’ve got to be before you can do, and do before you can have.” – Zig Ziglar
In any case, once you’ve decided on the story you want to tell/goal you want to achieve, dive down deep into character…and all the other stuff will literally work itself out.
Position yourself in a place where you will clearly fail or succeed.
If there’s any other outcome, then you’ve not yet found the corner.
Your audience can’t read your mind, but they can see your actions.
You don’t need to read your audience’s mind…you just need to listen to what they say and observe what they actually do.
So instead of spending hours trying to
mind read, brainstorm, guess what you think your Audience wants…
…use your eyes, ears and actions to understand what they want, so you can tell them a Story that fits within their actual frame of mind.
That’s the goal…to leave this Place with nothing left.
Nothing left to say, nothing left to do, nothing left to give.
In other words, you want Death to catch you empty handed.
Hurry though, cos you’re running out of time.
Today was, and is, Reset the Net day.
It was a day where millions were invited to so one thing to make their corner of the Web secure.
One thing. Any one thing. Reset the Net gave suggestions and useful resources.
But they gave us something even more valuable…which was an invitation to wake up and kick fear in the shins.
Many of us live lives that are hemmed in by fear.
“What if I get it wrong…what if I’m worse off than if I’d done nothing…what if what if what if…?”
There are no good enough answers for those looking for a reason to do nothing. But also, they’re right. “What if” is a very compelling tool used to keep us in our place.
And so what Reset the Net gave us today is an excuse to call “What ifs” bluff and take a single step towards freedom.
Not freedom from surveillance, or hackers or any of the online terrors in the headlines.
No. They gave us an excuse to take a step towards freedom…from fear.
Happy Reset the Net day.
Say something that sounds like you.
Ready is an interesting paradox.
On the one hand you’ve got to take a step before you feel ready. Because the moment it feels safe to take a step…because there’s loads of proof that your idea will work…you’ve probably missed your moment.
But on the other hand, your dreams are less about what you do and more about who you become in pursuing them. In other words, is your inner character ready to handle the weight of achieving your dreams?
So take a step before you feel ready…but only because you know you are ready.
…is found in your villain.
The size of the obstacles you have to overcome on your way to achieving your goals determines how hooked we are to your story.
And if there are internal as well as external “villains”, so much the better.
So if you want a great story, find a great villain to overcome.
Or put another way:
Seek bigger challenges and you’ll find greater rewards.
If you want it, you’re going to have to fight for it.
The world is evolving at what seems like warp speed.
Industries and social conventions are being overturned almost annually.
Conversations you thought you’d have with your kids when they turned eighteen are happening when they turn eight.
But still…There are only 24hours a day. And you get through them at a rate of 60seconds a minute.
So don’t worry about racing ahead. Focus on maximising the one thing within your reach.