If you watched the Emmys on Sunday night and it left you feeling inspired and hopeful for the possibilities ahead for you, that’s awesome. But if you turned off the TV and went to bed wondering, “Will it ever happen for me? How do I get to where I want to go? How will I ever achieve my biggest acting dreams?”
Here’s what that math would look like on a chalkboard: event + meaning = current outcome
You watched an awards show (event) and made the fact that you aren’t there indicate you have somehow failed as an actor (meaning) and now you feel horrible (current outcome).
Conversely, you could take the same event, add no meaning, and what do you have? Just the event! The Emmys + no meaning = The Emmys. It’s simply an event, that’s it. I’m hoping this realization helps you to make peace with wherever you are today because really, really that’s the key to getting to where you want to go.
So this week, make your intention to see how many events or experiences you cannot add meaning to and notice how much more peaceful you feel. When you can experience auditions, callbacks or even the job you don’t book without adding meaning to any, you take all your power back.
If you want to add some momentum to that peaceful feeling, you can practice breathing deeply in those moments and in only a few minutes, you’ll realize that all is truly well in your world.
Here are 10 mindset mantras to get you started and help improve your mood:
- I no longer measure my success through whether I am part of an awards show.
- I will get to where I want to go but I first must make peace with where I am.
- I am on my perfect path as an actor and I embrace this wholeheartedly today.
- When I am happy for the success of another, more success finds me.
- I take a deep breath and trust in the future I cannot see.
- I exhale and release my need to control how it all should go.
- I know that what I want is lining up for me as I continue to take inspired action.
- I am proud to be an artist.
- All is well in my world.
- I am excited for the road ahead.
From this calm and centered new perspective, you’ll be amazed at the ideas, people, and resources that begin to appear in your life and career. And you can apply this paradigm-shifting equation to any awards show that might get you down, when your classmate books a series, or even when someone gets a better parking space than you.
Don’t add meaning to these events and watch how free and empowered you start to feel.
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