Okay so first of all, get this:
That’s right, we are in the number one spot on the Billboard Broadway Album chart. What??!!! So fantastic. The show shot out of the gate and now it seems to just be building momentum. That bodes well for all of us.
The other thing I wanted to chat about tonight (it’s about 3 in the morning) is the nature of dreams. Not the ones you have at night while your sleeping but the ones you have for your life. Dreams, goals, ambitions. And I would actually really like to hear from people on this one so please feel free to comment and start a bit of a dialogue about this. (Just click on the comments below) What is the nature of our dreams, our desires? What do they require of us? I find myself in that wonderful/terrifying position of living three of my many dreams. I’m living in New York, I’m doing a show on Broadway and I’m on the cast recording. And now, a part I didn’t even dream of – the recording is #1 on the Billboard charts. What does that mean to me? What happens now?
It makes me realize how possible our dreams are if we work toward them but how fluid they are. They change and expand and mutate. What’s to want next? Well, truly, anything. Is it about clarity? (Be specific about the dream) Is it about expansiveness? (Dream big and see what parts of it come true) There is a song I love from a musical called Flora, The Red Menace (which starred Liza Minnelli) called A Quiet Thing. And the lyric goes,
“When it all comes true,
Just the way you planned,
It’s funny but the bells don’t ring,
It’s a quiet thing” Etc.
I so get that more and more. (Wow, that was a terribly crafted sentence. Ah well, it’s my blog.) I find when these wonderful things happen, they are not earth-shattering when you’re inside them. They’re just the thing you’re doing at the time. You’re just in it trying to make everything work. But what is really comforting about that is that it makes you realize how much is possible when you stop thinking that it’s impossible.
Now I find myself with the idea of “if I can pull this off, how many other things can I pull off as well?” That is THRILLING AND HORRIFYING!!!! To think of having no ceiling means you can just keep rising. Yes, it’s work; yes, it’s planning; yes, it’s diligence. But as you refine what you think you are meant to do and and realize the path you are supposed do be on, it’s not actually hard. It just demands your love and attention.
The other thought I have about this is that the people who are successful are willing to go the extra mile. To give up the dead weight that is holding them back, whatever it is. It’s not really about sacrifice, it’s more about dedication to the cleanest running version of yourself. I read a quote recently that roughly goes, “Everyone is giving ‘enough’. It’s those that give the extra that achieve the success.” That doesn’t really put it as well as the quote did (don’t judge me.) but the idea is that mediocrity is the minimum effort; go the extra inch and gain a mile.
There is also the idea of commitment. I’ve come to realize that so few people, comparatively, are willing to commit to their own worth. Does that make sense? I mean to truly believe you are worth that extra inch/mile. How many people actually pursue an opportunity – period? Let alone pursue it believing they have goods to back it up?
I challenge everyone reading this to make that phone call or send that e-mail that commits you to having to step up to a task for which you feel you may not be up to. Then trust that when, not if, but when asked to produce, you can deliver. Give yourself the chance to come through. I’m about to do that very thing with an issue I can’t talk about right now. Perhaps in the future, if it happens.
And then let me (and my readers – bless you all) know how it turns out – if you can. Let us hear (read) your story. Click on “Comments” below. Even just a a quick paragraph.
Again, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic in general.