Are there goals you wanna achieve but are having trouble staying motivated enough to do the things that need to be done to reach those goals?
Maybe it’s time for an entirely new approach…
Today I drove up to L.A.
For some strange reason, because of my blogs, I’ve been getting approached by different production companies about the possibility of doing a TV show. Each time I’m honored and humbled…and politely decline.
I’m just a writer, ya know?
So I talked the first two production companies out of it by saying that I don’t think TV is for me, and then referred them to someone I felt was a better fit for what they were looking to do.
But it was a different story with the 3rd company that contacted me…
Not so much because the company is responsible for many of the biggest shows on television, but more because I really liked the woman who contacted me—she’s a huge Rollins fan and very down to earth—and her vision for the show is congruent with what this blog is all about.
I still tried to talk her out of it, though, by listing about 73 reasons why I’m NOT a good fit for television—telling her all about how I’m introverted, socially awkward, don’t have the typical “TV guy good looks”…and that honestly, I just like to write.
But none of this swayed her. And then she mentioned the possibility of a book deal, so I figured what the heck, it’s worth looking into and maybe it’ll open a few doors that can help further my writing career.
Anyhow, I drove to LA and met with the team (super cool people, BTW). It was a “get to know me”-type thing.
During the interview, I was asked the question, “How would you light a fire under the ass of someone who can’t stay motivated?”
My response was…
“Well, you can’t light a fire under someone’s ass unless they’re willing to pull their pants down.”
This is true even if it’s your own ass that you need to take the torch to.
If you’re not willing to be brutally honest with yourself about your situation and see it for what it is, if you’re not willing to face your fear, pain, and desire, and if you’re not willing to jump in headfirst and get dirty, then your chances of creating big MEANINGFUL changes in your life are dubious at best.
You see, if there’s not enough fear, pain, or desire—your reason “why” won’t be big enough.
And if your “why” isn’t big enough, it’ll be hard to get out there and relentlessly do what needs to be done.
And if you’re not being honest with yourself, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to even find your “why” in the first place, much less know what you need to do to reach it.
The sticks you wanna avoid or the carrots you’re chasing after need to be powerful enough to you to make you decide in your gut that NOTHING will stop you on your journey, and if they aren’t then maybe it’s time to find a new carrot, a new stick, or an entirely new journey.
It’s too easy to get caught up in chasing things that don’t excite you just because they’re easy to catch.
You want the thing that’s gonna excite you to the core, make you nervous, stretch you, and force you to grow—regardless of how bad the growing pains are.
And when you’ve found it, just put one foot in front of the other and move forward. One step at a motherfucking time.
I’m not sure if I answered her question, but I do know it gave me a great idea for a blog post—which is always a good thing.
And honestly I have no idea if anything will ever come of the whole TV show thing, but it was a fun experience nonetheless.
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