Friends, do you ever find yourself asking, “What’s it all for?!” Not so much in the existential crisis way, but in the “why-am-I-suffering-through-my-third-silk-burn-of-the-evening-and-practically-wetting-my-pants-trying-to-execute-a-planche” kind of way. Are you in it for the hot circus bod? The fun factor? The performance opportunities? The sparkly costumes?
It’s actually a really important question to ask, because if you don’t know what you hope to get out of your training, you’re cheating yourself out of some powerful motivation. Goals/Visions/Dreams can carry you through the pain, the exhaustion, the disappointment. They should be super concrete (“I want to execute this planche without wetting my pants”), attainable (“I want to perform in Laura’s awesome student showcase in November”), and have some emotional oomph behind them (“I want to quit my corporate job and become an Aerial Ninja”).
- Define your Big Dream. Nothing is silly or wrong – if you want to run off with Cirque du Soliel, lose ten pounds, perform at your sister’s bat mitzvah, etc – keep it close to your heart.
- Set smaller goals for training. For example: one pull-up, stringing four moves together, a flat split, etc.
- Make yourself accountable. Meet a friend for training or class, sign up to do a show, buy that 10 class card, whatever you need to do to get yourself going!
Along this vein, here’s an email I recently got – if this is you, check it out! Sounds like it could be a very fun project! (BTW – Submissions must be in TODAY!) Love and pull-ups, Laura
Image: Joshua Sherer
My name is Betsy and I work with Morgan Spurlock (30 Days, Super Size Me, A Day in the Life ) on a new documentary series and we’re looking for New Yorkers with Big Dreams.
This series, “The Failure Club” will be a fly-on-the-wall docu-series where we follow several New Yorkers as they overcome their fear of failure and strive to achieve their ultimate dream! The show is all about the idea that if we face the fear of failure head on and don’t let it control us then we will learn and grow and do amazing things!
We are looking for real people who aren’t yet living out their full dreams but are finally ready to take the plunge… and maybe they have already started making baby steps. For example, someone caught in the 9-5 corporate grind that has always wanted to be in a cirque or aerial performance.
They do have to be based in NYC or the tri-state area :). This is going to be a really wonderful series that will encourage and inspire people everywhere to follow their dreams.! All the details and the application are at www.warriorpoetscasting.com
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