You have a dream of how you want your life to be lived…what it must look like, sound like, feel like!
You have to make it happen! It makes LIFE soooo much fun!
“HOW can I make that happen?
I have an obstacle, a challenge in front of me that stops me from creating my life!”
ANSWER: Meet the challenge…do NOT run from it!
You have a challenge to meet…the challenge that stands in the way of your dream!
Everybody has a challenge! Everybody! It is natural to have a challenge. It is human!
Meet that challenge…find out HOW you can make your dream happen. You simply do not have the right to run from it…because…every one of us has a unique part. One small part that makes us different, unique. We owe it to ourselves and each other to discover that unique part and share it.
What you have to offer will never happen again.
Here is a great example…
Jay Leno! Tonight Show host after Johnny Carson and before the current host, Jimmy Fallon. Jay Leno held that position for over twenty years! While working the Tonight Show he continued to work his craft as a stand-up comedian at the pace of about 150 shows per year…do the math! Not afraid to work! He is a huge success at creating HIS life! He had a major challenge to conquer! HOW did he do it?
Not afraid is key! Not afraid to work and make mistakes! Not afraid to admit you have a challenge! Not afraid to tackle that challenge. Tackle that challenge could mean improving it or going around it.
For example, he has dyslexia. Reading is extremely difficult. That makes school pretty tuff and uncomfortable. Did Leno respond to this challenge by running from it? Heck NO!
“Everybody has something. My mother would always say to me, ‘You’re just going to have to work a little harder than the other kids to get exactly the same thing.’ And that’s an approach that I’ve always used in my life. If you don’t think you’re the smartest person in the room and you think you are going to have to work a little harder, and put a little more time into it, to get what everybody else does, you can actually do quite well. And that’s been my approach.”
How did he deal with the challenge of dyslexia? After all, the first 14 minutes of his show requires him to talk…by himself, in front of millions. He delivers 14 minutes of new jokes every night, 5 nights per week. He has to read each joke on a teleprompter. 14 minutes of jokes…and he does not read well. He does not run from the challenge. He creates accommodations that work for him.
“I tend to use cue cards rather than a teleprompter, because with the cue cards, you can put the whole phrase on the card, whereas the teleprompters go only two or three words at a time, but when I see a cue card, I see the whole thing all at once and I will sometimes paraphrase. When reading the teleprompter, you sort of have to do it exactly and I get a little screwed up on that, so they’re a little awkward; but cue cards work because you can see the whole thing. I’ll put in my own words.”
Get to know you! Leno asked himself the tuff question! What do I want to do with my life?
“I realized that I was not going to be an accountant or a banker, and so what am I good at? Well, I’m pretty good at talking and telling silly stories. You find out what your strengths and weaknesses are and you play to your strengths.”