Posts Tagged ‘dreams’

The Formula for Success = You + A Dream + A Decision

I’ve written before that much of financial planning comes down to you. In my time working with people, I’m always sad when they want to talk about all of the reasons they can’t get ahead. They worry about politics, the government in general, rules and regulations, the stock market and more…

Yet there’s also something very exciting to be found at the other end of the spectrum. It’s inspiring engaging with clients who are passionate about life and everything they are “up to” in the world. These are the people who rarely have much to say about the negative external forces.Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 2.22.30 PM Rather, they focus first on their own actions.

If you really want something, including financial security, there’s a five step process to getting it:

1) Decide. I’m not talking about hoping or wishing. You have to actually decide what’s going to be in your future. Several years ago, I worked with an artist who decided she was going to stop talking about “one day selling her paintings,” and instead, was going to actually do it. In less than 2 months, she sold her first piece.

Making the decision to change your financial status means that you’re going to do something about it. We’ve all felt the difference between hoping and deciding in our own lives. When you first decided to shoot your short film, finish your script or stage your solo show; when you decided it was time to lose weight; when you put down the cigarette and said, “That’s my last one.” You have to decide. Without this step, no magic happens.

The rule = You have to ask for it before you have a chance of receiving it. (more…)

Lowering the Cost of “the American Dream” – Part II

(This article continues the discussion on lowering expenses found here)AmericanDream2

In our first installment two weeks ago, I discussed ways you could drop the cost of the American Dream by lowering your essential expenses such as groceries, car expenses and apparel. Today, I’d like to tackle lowering the cost of the “extras” that USA Today calculated are important parts of what many consider a happy lifestyle. We’re creative people….lowering the cost of creative activities should be easy for us, right?

USA Today assigns $17,009 to extras, and breaks them down like this:

Family Summer Vacation: $4,580

Entertainment: $3,667

Restaurants: $3,662

Cable, Satellite, Internet, Cell Phone: $3,100

Miscellaneous Costs: $2,000

Good news! All of these costs can be lowered without giving up any happiness. How? Let’s dive in!

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Masterminds, Mentorship and Success

Masterminds, Mentorship and Success

You’ve probably heard the saying, “We are the product of our friends.” This is so very true. It shouldn’t surprise you that nice people who are knee deep in debt often have friends who are also debt-ridden. Perhaps they share feel good lines like, “I don’t need money when I have love.” While love won’t bring you more money, the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

On the flip side, some of my most creative friends also hang around with very creative, motivated people. They help drive each other toward success. They visit each other’s productions and exhibits, deliver honest critiques and push one another to constantly better work. Consequently, everyone wins.

What Pack Do You Travel With?

I was reading about dolphins and wolves recently. Both of these creatures work together in teams to survive. While they may not be strong or fast enough to catch prey on their own, they outsmart their food to win. It’s the same for successful people.

In his classic book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill extolled the virtues of creating a group of like-minded people with which you could share notes and deliver success. Now, “who you travel with” is no longer an accident. You’re actively searching for people to be near who are going to inspire you, cajole you, antagonize you, and make you stretch mentally. They’re going to make you push for more. Like a wolf or a dolphin, they’re going to help you thrive.

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Volunteering is the Secret

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You know the feeling. You have determination, drive, and the skills to achieve your dreams. You’ve worked long, hard hours to reach your goal and it still seems miles out of site. You’re not letting go, but it’s starting to feel like you’re just spinning your wheels.

I learned a not-so-obvious solution for this common struggle, when I began studying productivity experts. I found it hard to believe at first, but they stressed that you’ll accomplish more by doing less at a time. If you plan regular breaks, you’ll work faster than if you maintain long, stressed-out hours. Because life (and your art) is a marathon, it’s better to work ten hour days and keep moving than it is to work a single 12 hour grind that leaves you fried for the next three days. That last two hours can put you in an early grave!

I found it difficult

Taking breaks didn’t make sense to me at first. I didn’t feel like I deserved them. When you’re on the road to success, you need to be at the wheel, don’t you? …and every pit stop slows you down.

What I didn’t realize at the time is that you don’t take breaks because you “deserve” them. You take them because you must have them to continue moving.

Ultra long distance runners—those crazy people who run 50 or 100 miles (or more) at a time–break regularly for food, drinks, or to chat. They know that the body is a collection of organs that all need rest. Even the winners of these super long races will break for ten to twenty minutes at a time, even though that’s putting them further behind the clock at that particular moment.

They’ve learned that by slowing down, they actually speed up in the long run!

Almost there…just needed a tweak

So, I began taking breaks while working on a new monologue, or developing course materials for Abundance Bound. They were good for me. I’d walk in the neighborhood, visit with friends, surf online, and let my mind wander. Still, the residue of my business and art continued to seep into these times. After a few breaks, I discovered that I wasn’t really taking a full “break.” I was using the walk for creative time to think about the work I was doing! While that was helpful over the short run, I was missing out on the key component of the break that makes it successful: I wasn’t completely away.

Then I discovered how I could escape AND rejuvenate. (more…)

Did We Strike a Nerve?

So…wow.

Bryan and I have simply been blown away by the response to last week’s “Living in Possibility” call! Hundreds of you joined us for a conversation about living life powerfully as artists who CHOOSE to create the success you desire (and deserve) in every area of your lives. We suspected there would be a few motivated artists who might dive into the material, but we just weren’t prepared for the number of calls and emails we’ve received, sharing your questions, experiences and victories–we’ve never seen the group this fired up before! It seems we really struck a nerve!

Or are you all even more dynamic than we realized?!

The immediate question is: With all of this momentum and new insight, what are you going to do next to stay in the zone of your potential? How will you apply this work practically day to day? How will you best capitalize on these discoveries and treat yourself to the good to come–right now? (more…)

The BEST Quote Ever!

“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.” — Gore Vidal

My acting teacher shared this quote with me, and it quickly became one of my favorites.  I still laugh at it, and I still wish it weren’t so damn true.  Don’t you wish that at this stage of development we were more enlightened, less envious, more accomplishing, less self-sabotaging?  Or that we could openly acknowledge where we are at, be genuinely and fully happy for the success of others, and trust that the universal abundance that exists was ours to share, that the extraordinary life of our dreams was truly within reach… like, right now?

Yeah, us too.

If there’s a disconnect between what you want–what you authentically know to be possible for you creatively and professionally–and the actual results you achieve day in and day out, then I invite you to join me and Miata on our free webcast, LIVING IN POSSIBILITY. It’s a 90-minute call that could shock you, might inspire you, and will almost certainly raise your consciousness and provoke some amazing new actions.

It’s sometimes amusing to me that here at Abundance Bound we’re in the business of teaching artists about finance, when a great deal of what we do has nothing to do with money. In fact, this seminar could easily be called, IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY.  It’s about our emotional relationships.  It is how we feel about money, or success, or family and friends, or acting or painting or music–or whatever–that defines our world and our level of satisfaction. I don’t care whether you book one acting job or a thousand acting jobs, or paint the Sistine Chapel II, you can’t outrun your subconscious or your deep emotional paradigms. (more…)

Daily ProsperiTIP

Surround yourself with people who have also made the commitment to create financial prosperity.

We all recognize the people in our lives that are busy – they’re creating – they have goals and dreams and they are actively going for them. Then we also have some peeps who just seem to be hanging around…:) Focus on building community with individuals who are up to something. Recruit and cherish talented people so that together you can support your dreams. Doing this will positively affect every aspect of your life and career!

Want some help creating a network of powerful, financially motivated artists? Check out the next Artist’s Prosperity Boot Camp. The energy and results created in these groups will seriously blow your mind!

Why Don’t We Reach Our Goals?

Goal setting seems like an easy task. You sit down and write out what you want for yourself. That’s it. There’s no real magic, no excitement, just placing those ideas you’ve had for a better way to do things onto a sheet of paper. So, if it isn’t such a big deal, why do so many experts agree that the key to achieving your dreams is to begin by writing down your goals? Why do banks demand to see a business plan that details the dreams and aspirations of a company before they will loan money to an entrepreneur? Clearly, goal setting really IS a big deal. It’s a truism that’s endured the test of time:  if you want to take a trip somewhere, you can’t consult the map until you’ve decided on a destination.

So, why then don’t more people write down their goals? I’ve come to the conclusion that goal setting isn’t easy. It’s difficult. Sure, finding a good pen and sheet of paper is easy. Writing out goals is simple. I think It’s the act of choosing that’s difficult. As I’ve tried to help clients create realistic, actionable goals over the years it’s become apparent that many are afraid of the process. I think they’re afraid of committing to a finite set of actions. We know that the second our dreams are detailed on paper that somehow, cosmically we’ve taken a step toward reality, and that’s awfully scary. The other goals that we might have achieved then begin to fade into the background, something that frightens us, too. We all remember playing make-believe as a kid.  If we decided to become a firefighter we could no longer be the President, a police officer or the mail carrier. The difference between make-believe and now is that as adults we’re creating real goals, and when we decide to focus on one we realize that the others must therefore be removed or at least delayed. In short, goal setting makes us understand that we’re mortal. We can’t have it all.

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