When I was a performing magician, I had a mentor in the art named Brent Braun, a genius of the theories of performing magic. One of the things I learned from him was that in a magic trick, the most important part is that moment of surprise, that moment when your spectator realizes that something impossible has just happened. The entire script, all the words and actions in the entire effect, should be sculpted to bring more power to the magic moment or moments in the effect.
Albert Schweitzer, the nobel prize winning physician and philosopher said, “My eyesight is failing, but my vision is more clear than ever.” People usually use this quote as a inspiration to have vision, to find your mission, but I see it as something else. Here’s a guy at the end of his life who was still clarifying his vision. He still didn’t have it exactly right. The details weren’t entirely worked out.
Have you ever struggled with negative thoughts? A time when you knew you were being pessimistic and negative, but you just couldn’t flip the switch? You couldn’t turn it around? I’ve been there – I still get there sometimes – but I want to give you a solution and a strategy that will help you gain control of that normal negative that we all have – in 5 4 3 2 1
In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear teaches us that our goals are not going to bring about the success we want. Although it sounds like this flies in the face of all we have learned, don’t go anywhere, because the two go hand in hand. When you set a goal, that doesn’t mean it’s said and done. It’s just a goal. Until you start taking steps to reach the goal, it will not be achieved. The argument James makes here is that too many people focus on the goal, instead of the steps.
Do you ever want to do some kind of self-improvement, but find yourself getting annoyed by all the overly positive people who seem to be saying the same things over and over again? People who seem almost too happy? Me too! And that’s what I’m here to talk about today – what is positive thinking, and do we need to change the name? I’m making a case for you today in 5 4 3 2 1
Sean Tyler Foley is a 35 year veteran of acting, speaking and training. He has been acting in film and television since he was 6 years old and is an accomplished film and stage performer. He has appeared in productions including Freddy Vs Jason, Door to Door, Carrie and the musical Ragtime. Tyler is passionate about helping others to confidently take the stage and impact an audience with their stories.
At the beginning it seems like it’s always arbitrary – it’s always a guess about how to apply the information. That’s because we, in our attempt to go with the flow of the normal negative, make things more difficult than they need to be. We add layers of complexity on top of complexity, confusing ourselves about what steps to actually take.