Lights, Camera, Action! Ready, Set, Action! 1-2-3-4-5-Action!
These are the traditional cues I’ve heard many times on film sets at the beginning of a take. When the director says, “Action”, it’s Action Time! There’s no whining and there’s no excuses. “I’m not ready”… “I need more prep time”… “I’m not feeling comfortable with this” … Hey! Preparation time is long past. It’s PERFORMANCE TIME!
I remember the nerves and hoping that I’d remember to do what I needed to do at the proper time and in the way they wanted it done. Cameras reveal the truth, and there’s no getting around that. If it’s not exactly what the director is looking for, we do another take, and another, and another, ad nauseam, until it is.
This week, for me was Performance Time. Schooling done. License in hand. Everything’s a go!
Monday-Ready, Set, Action! I’m excited! Went to the office for some awesome training. Made 30 copies of a time recorder sheet at Staples. Home at 4pm. Feeling completely exhausted, I carried on with my plans for the evening to practice my insurance presentation on my sister, and have a visit. Doing both was fun, and being the sweet, giving, thoughtful sister she always is, she had a birthday celebration for me complete with a cake she baked, ice cream, banana, syrup, maraschino cherries, and candles! She also gave me an awesome birthday present~frozen leftover Thanksgiving meal (the one I missed) to take home and eat. SWEET! Got to bed really late.
Tuesday-Ready, Set, Action! No insurance, only MKMMA. My body had been gently whispering to me over the last couple of days to rest. It’d been an intense 3 weeks of insurance school out of town, in a hotel, with a roommate, and it was also the first 3 weeks of MKMMA. I decided on Monday afternoon that I would take today to unpack and just get some sense of grounding back in my life. By noon, those whisperings became a loud speaker. There was a pain in my head that prevented me from doing anything but lie down. And that is what I did for the rest of the day, and night, to the point that my back was so sore from lying down, that I didn’t sleep well.
Wednesday-Ready, Set, Action! Ya, not so much, only MKMMA. The big action today was getting myself to the chiropractor, who made an adjustment on my head. Home for a 2 hour nap. Feeling better. Some insurance reading. Bed at 10pm.
Thursday-Ready, Set, Action! Woke up at 8am. That was 10 hours of sleeping! At the office at 9am for more training. I was feeling much better-about 90%. So today I was going to make calls and set some appointments. That was a good intention, followed by no action.
Friday-Ready, Set, Action! Another visit to the chiropractor for another head adjustment, and I’m feeling 100% now (apart from a knee injury I somehow got on Wednesday getting significantly worse). Best part of today was going to see Paul, an incredible person and my fabulous accountability partner, who originally introduced me to Mark J., Go90Grow, Go90Grow Live, and MKMMA.
We had an awesome catch up chat about what’s been going on in our lives with MKMMA and everything else, and I said it was call time this afternoon. We went for lunch, talked about more things, and when I realized it was already 5pm, I said, “5 calls and then we’ll go home.” We both made our 5 calls and both had successful outcomes. Yes! (with a fist pump). For me, I have 4 appointments booked over the next few days. Yes! (with a double fist pump!) Action=Success.
Here’s some big lessons for me from this week:
*Listen to what my body is whispering…when it first starts whispering…before it forces me to listen with the loud speaker.
*”I can be what I will to be.”
*Since as Og says, “I am a slave to my habits” and “I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path to imprison my future”, “my bad habits must be destroyed”, and “I must form good habits and become their slave”. Well, I’ve been working on this daily now with MKMMA. The daily readings are now good habits. Other things, like no TV after 9pm, and a daily inspection of how I’ve used my time, followed by adjustments and corrections to my daily schedule, are becoming good habits. Now, when there’s a good habit I want to form (ie. making calls), and I’m struggling to do it on my own (because of accumulated years of failure in this and because I didn’t remember to use “DO IT NOW” on myself), I know to put myself in an environment (ie. at Paul’s office), as much as possible, where we can be the accountability/cheerleader for each other. No failure allowed here. Just make the calls. “If I intend to do a thing, and I start, I see it through even if the heavens fall; if I make up my mind to do something, I do it; I let nothing, no one, interfere; the “I” in me has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.” Haanel-The Master Keys 4-12
*”I know I have a Solar Plexus so I do not fear criticism or anything else; I am too busy radiating courage, confidence, and power; I anticipate success by my mental attitude; I pound the barriers to pieces, and leap over the chasm of doubt and hesitation which fear places in my path.” Haanel-The Master Keys 3-18. I am a FEARLESS VICTOR!
*Verity 4 in Mark J’s book, Standing Tall: Be action focused and attachment free. Well, I will to be a great salesman! I must take action without hesitation for this to become a reality. So I now ask myself, “What would the person I intend to become do next?” Now, take action without hesitation, Monica. Reward myself for the action, not the results. Be unattached to the results. It’s all about taking the action and forming good habits.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Ready, Aim, Fire! Ready, Set, Go! Ready, Steady, Go!
I’m already on my mark. The ready is there already.
I’m already set. I’ve aimed. I’m steady.
ACTION! GO! FIRE!
I’M EXCITED! I’VE GOT AN OPPORTUNITY!
I am grateful.