People are always asking me – “Clint, you’re a business coach – what’s the best way to motivate myself?” “It’s simple” I reply, “The best way to motivate yourself is to find meaning in what you are motivating yourself to do.”
On the weekend, just prior to the Oscar’s I was watching Reese Witherspoon talk about her role in a new movie in which she has been nominated for best actress at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
I’m completely drawn in as the interviewer asks her about a specific, very touching scene in the movie, and Reese is immediately overcome by her emotions. Her lips tighten slightly, she flashes a weak smile, blood rushes to her eyes and they light up like stop lights. She catches a tear on her finger and bats her eyes downward, flipping her hair back, drawing a breath and gathering herself.
The camera flashes to the interviewer, his eyes fixed firmly on hers, hand over his mouth holding back anything that might burst out sabotaging the moment. Her sadness takes hold; she scans her memories for the story about her mother. The story that connects her to her work in such a deeply personal way is how she answers the question; “So what are you calling on in yourself to make these scenes so real?”
Like all of us can – Reese draws on her own personal life experiences – her story to add meaning to her work. Believe it or not – we can use the same technique to motivate ourselves. It’s called “method acting”, except the character we are playing is actually ourselves, so I’ll take this opportunity to coin a new phrase, “method being”.
There’s real and important energy in your story!
Connecting your story to what you do is a form of “drinking your own Kool-Aid”. A powerful elixir capable of creating engagement with you like nothing else could. Reese, shares with us that if she is going to do 20 more movies she will want them to matter to her. The interviewer asks, “Because at long last you feel in control?” She replies, “Yes and because for the first time I feel like my perspective matters.”
So take real control of your business, because your perspective does matter, and if you’ve been in your business for several years you’ve evolved and earned the right to do the kind of movie you’d like to do. Something that matters to you!
Hey if you connect to this idea, please give a shout out! I’d love to hear your perspective.
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Coaching in Kelowna, BC. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.