This popular mantra from Tony Robbins is an effective way to approach getting things done. But there’s a flip side.
Why blog? Why write at all? What’s the point?
The tenets of stoicism and Mormonism nearly completely overlap. However, stoicism lacks one (essential/extremely important) thing – an eternal perspective focused on Christ and the Atonement.
In this new world we live in full of “alternate facts” and “fake news”, it’s important to remember that facts matter.
The new year typically begins with a loudly proclaimed set of goals for the year: lose weight, eat better, make more money, create more, etc.
However, these goals often lack the well known SMART qualities, as well as a system to achieve them. We find ourselves, months later, frustrated and ashamed that we failed at our goals.
There’s a better way.
We spent New Years weekend down in San Diego this year, which happens to be where my trainer/nutritionist of the last 5 months lives and works.
Today, I turn 33 years old. I don’t know why, but this birthday is hitting me harder than any in recent memory. I didn’t feel “old” when I turned 30. Last year was harder than previous as well, but this one *cough* takes the cake.
Rather than sit and feel bad for myself, I turned, rather, to my moleskin that has all of my notes and thoughts from the last year or so. I opened Evernote, and my voice notes, and my notes app, to search for things that I wanted to remember at a later date.
That said, here are 33 or so of those things that I wrote down, in the case some day in the future I needed them. Turns out today is that day:
A while back I wrote a post called CREATE EVERY DAY, where I outlined how important it is for creators to be putting time and effort into their craft and their business on a daily basis.
For the last few months, I haven’t been listening to my own advice. I’ve been spending WAY more time on the business aspect and not on the creative aspect. Rather than the 10+ hours a week I was doing before (and the ~40 hours per week when I was working on the screenplay for Hidden World: The Swordsman), I don’t know that I’ve spent even 2 hours a week on creating.
It sucks. I find myself a little depressed, massively unfulfilled, and in a rut.
So it’s time to get out of that rut. Time to create, time to recommit.
I’ve been raising money to make a movie for the last 18+ months now, and I’ve tried to be methodical and process-driven in my approach, hoping to one day be able to write a post JUST LIKE THIS ONE.
I joined Slated in 2014 after attending a producer breakout session at the American Film Market in early November. The speaker was the co-founder and CEO of slated.com, Steph Paternot.
He was compelling, confident, and it felt like I was hearing the answer to my prayers! They had created a site who’s sole intention was to connect independent producers and filmmakers with financing and distribution.
As we’ve used the site over the last year and a half, I wanted to write about our experience, why our expectations haven’t yet been met, and what I think both the users of the site and those running it could do to make it more valuable.