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“You want to work here? Close”.

So this speech from Glengarry Glen Ross was brought to my attention by this article.  I think I just felt my whole world view shift.

It’s all about how the world owes you nothing.  I’ve always heard this said about theatre and show business.  “Show business owes you nothing.  It will spit you out when it’s done with you”.  But not about life.  It’s all about when we say “I’m lonely/don’t have a boyfriend/don’t have the job I want/don’t make enough money” it really comes down to “I don’t have anything to offer that makes people need me around”.  And it’s NOT about “I’m a nice person”.  As the author says.. That’s the bare minimum people!  It’s about things, skills, talents, that make people want to have you around.  Because you give them what they need.  We all need something.  What can you give me?  What do I bring to the table?

I live in world full of hopes and dreams.  “Broadway dreams, Sawyer.  We’ve all had ’em”.

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But as my friends’ therapist said, “You can’t live in a world full of hopes and dreams”.  I’ve translated that to mean, we can’t use them as currency in our lives.  We can hope and dream the night away, but it doesn’t mean anything.  It doesn’t propel us forward.  We have to DO things.  We have to CREATE things.  We have to work hard at improving the skills we have that people NEED.  Otherwise, dreams mean nothing.  All those quotes floating around the internet mean nothing as we stare at them on Pinterest and don’t act.

Wow, I’m all jazzed up.

I have been feeling so low.  That’s the thing with this business (world?), when it’s up, you’ve never been higher, but the lows are crushing.  And I’m low.  Show’s over.  No job.  Living with my parents.  But you know what?  I can DO something.  Anything.  I can write this post.  I can pick up my guitar.  I can cook a nice meal.  All these little things are helping to make me into a person with skills people need in life.

I know it’s not as simple as all this, but these points and the way they were laid out really resonated with me.  I can sit around and be sad about my situation, or I can act.  I can create.  And I will.

Thank you for listening.

Do you get what I’m laying down here?  Go read that article NOW!

August Goal Update

Here we are nearing the end of August!  I can’t believe it’s nearly September once again.  I happen to LOVE fall.  I think it has something to do with my birthday being at the end of October.  I’m looking forward to changing leaves, pumpkins, PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES from Starbucks, my birthday, and crisp fall mornings!  I’m also really looking forward to setting my September goals soon!

In case you missed it, here are my August Goals!  Let’s see where I’m at with these goals…

1) Lose 4 Lbs. this month.  Well, I’ve officially lost 4.8 lbs.  So I consider this one slammed out of the park!  Home run with the bases loaded!

2)Run 24 miles this month.  As of this morning, I have run 26.17 miles in August!  Yeah for setting goals and seeing them through!

3)Next step in life plan.  I have taken a Zumba class and fallen in love.  I need to teach this one day.  I was so inspired.  To dance, to shake it, to sweat, and to have fun while doing it.  The class I wanted to take was full, so I’ll have to wait on that.  I don’t have time to take my CanFitPro certification this fall because of work.  But I have these ideas now.  These passions I’m working towards.  Now all I need to do is keep taking classes and learning so that when I get the certifications, I can go full speed ahead!

4)Ten Second Tidy.  I made my bed EVERY morning this month!  So proud.  My room and surrounding areas have definitely been neater and more organized this month.  Not perfect, but definitely an improvement.

5)Wear normal people clothes.  I definitely made and effort.  It was tough because of doing shows and working out so much.  But whenever possible, I wore cute summer dresses and shorts.  Which let’s be honest, are the most fun outfits to wear anyway.

Overall, I am so proud of myself for achieving so many of the things I set out to achieve.  There really are some easy tricks for goal setting.

Goals Must Be:

S – specific

M- measurable

A- attainable

R – realisitc

T- time targeted

Onwards and upwards!  September has never looked sweeter!

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