The only way that we can realize our larger potential (and consequential purpose), is to commit to our work at hand 100%.
Sometimes, when trying something new, we feel foolish. “What will people think about me”? “I am going to look so stupid”. “I am not doing this right”. These are common thoughts that plague many would-be artists and adventurers.
Here is the irony: We only look foolish and stupid if we do not commit 100%. If we only make a half effort–half of our energy committed to action and the other half committed to not looking foolish…we tend to just look foolish.
People respect commitment. They respect 100% efforts. Even if we do not do what we are attempting to do with the utmost grace, intelligence and poise, the observer cannot help be respect the commitment, the effort, the sense of purpose, the bravery of the act.
Many people subscribe to “group-think”. Group think is a sheep mentality. Sheep follow the heard and do what the other sheep are doing, without thought. However, what some artists do not realize, is that they are not sheep. They are wolves. Here is wikipedia’s well articulated definition: “Group-think is a type of thought within a deeply cohesive in-group whose members try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. It is a second potential negative consequence of group cohesion”.
Here are some inspirational words by William Hutchinson Murray:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way”.
There is a common stage in the hero adventure known as “supernatural aide”. This supernatural aide, which manifests itself as aide that you did not expect and which helps propel you forward only comes about if you are psychically committed. Once you are 100%, it seems as though the universe shifts and doors open which were not previously there.
How does one commit 100%? If it is summer time and you want to take a dip in the pool to cool off, there are a few ways of doing so:
1. You can say, “The water is too cold” and then walk away. This is the most boring story of all.
2. You can slither in, painfully and slowly
3. You can jump in and get wet all at once. This approach is the skydiving approach or that of the cliff jumper.
Jump off the cliff, head, feet and all.
Jim Hart is the founder of The International Theatre Academy Norway .