Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ryan Gosling and Liam Neeson save the day

Before I go on, sometimes I wake up with ideas and am compelled to jot them down.

This can be very annoying, particularly when you are dreaming: stuck in an elevator with this guy--Ryan Gosling.

He had warned me not to enter as the lift was old and rickety, but being a daring gal, I forged ahead, and CLANK, the thing just stopped. I heard gun fire. Possible gang warfare not too far away.

"Don't worry," Ryan said. "I got this."

Then through the steel-plated roof, catapults this guy: Liam Neeson.

Liam nodded to Ryan. "All clear above." The gunfire had stopped.

"Let's move!" He and Ryan said this in unison.

They used duct tape, a post it note and color-coded paper clips to excavate me out of that hole. Take that Mary Horowitz! As a side note, I loved All About Steve and Sandra Bullock and her red boots.

We were about to have a group hug on a jet bound for Fiji to celebrate removal of the bad guys, but instead, I woke up with these thoughts:

1. HOW YOU THINK IS EVERYTHING: Always be positive. Think success, not failure. Beware of a negative environment and people. They sneak up on you; are attracted to your light. Stay away.

2. DECIDE UPON YOUR TRUE DREAMS AND GOALS: Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them. This separates fantasy from reality. Even if it looks like this:

3. TAKE ACTION: Goals are nothing without action. Don't be afraid to get started.-- Just do it. (Okay that's not mine. I think it belongs to Forrest Gump.)

4. NEVER STOP LEARNING: Go back to school or read books. Get training and acquire skills. As they say, the truly educated never graduate.

5. BE PERSISTENT AND WORK HARD: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.

6. LEARN TO ANALYZE DETAILS: Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your mistakes. They are gifts. Easier said than done, but anything worth a damn is difficult. It's a word that invites laughter. So laugh at it.  DIFFICULT is a three-legged dog fending off freeway traffic. But I witnessed the little dude make it to the other side. (I put that in because my kids HATE when I talk about disabled animals. Truth is, they are inspiring.)

7. FOCUS YOUR TIME AND MONEY: Don't let other people or things distract you. The bigger the distraction, the more important the thing is you are working on. The world needs it and only you can deliver.

8. DON'T BE AFRAID TO INNOVATE; BE DIFFERENT: Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. It's a very crowded place to be. This scares the shit out of my kids. MEDIOCRITY is a scarier word than DIFFICULT. (Imagine if the little dude above was met only with a mediocre level of success.)

9. DEAL AND COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY: No person is an island. LISTEN. Everyone has something to offer. The more you get out of yourself, the more you have to offer.

10. BE HONEST, DEPENDABLE, and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Otherwise, Nos. 1-9 won't matter.

Okay, I am going back to bed.

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