BLOG, Leadership, Networking / December 12, 2017

And The Best Actor In Her Own Movie Goes To…

By Janine Garner

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S.Elliot

Have you ever dreamt of being up on the big screen, your name in lights, turning up at a premiere or awards show with besotted fans screaming your name? Of hearing the presenter say ‘and the Oscar goes to…’?

And naturally of working out who you would thank, those amazing people that are part of the support crew of you (and who you wouldn’t for that matter). Working out what you would be wearing, and so on and so on… and who would play you in a mini-series about you.

Stop, and think for a minute.

When it comes down to it, you already ARE starring in your own movie.

Every time you make a major decision, every time you meet a major challenge head on, every time you make a move that is of major consequence to your business life, which then reflects onto every other area of your life - then you are starring in that lead role. You are playing the part every actor dreams of – the part of ‘ME’.

But are you actually in the movie you imagined would be your own when you first started out in business or in your career? When you did your last 5, or 3, or even 1-year plan, is this the role you imagined you would be playing? Or have you in fact started playing a supporting role in someone else’s dream.

Life is not a dress rehearsal.

Your story is rolling across the screen in all its 3D glory at a rapid pace and if you imagined you would be in an action thriller, and are stuck in an extremely boring unromantic comedy – then you need to change the genre yourself. Nobody else can do it for you. You are your own director, producer, scriptwriter and cameraman. You are quite often catering, wardrobe hair and makeup as well. And you are responsible for choosing the people you surround yourself with, the ones that are going to help you shine, who will support you in becoming your best.

If you are ready to stand in your own spotlight and be a star, then get out your Oscar-worthy outfit in terms of your brain and abilities and work out what movie is YOUR movie. Know what works for you and understand that this doesn’t necessarily work for everyone else. Reach out and build your support team because you cannot win that ultimate 'Award of You' on your own.  This is YOUR journey.

Change the game. Get ready to shout ‘lights, camera, action’ to yourself – and switch on your best red carpet smile.

After all – you are a star.

We all are.

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