“I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions”
I hopefully will never know the feeling of being incarcerated for any extended length of time and then being “freed” into the masses. Even though, there has been the occasion where I thought:
“You know, other than avoiding rape and get shanked; You get fed, workout, read, sleep. No bills to stress over, no relationships to deal with. Well, unless of course, you’re somebodies bitch. And let’s just call it like it is; I’m 5’6, 155lbs, and white. I don’t know if they like lean little guys, but if so, I’m a high draft pick.”
Point being, when you leave this world of nothing but positive, high octane, on Crack energy that you’ve come to absolutely adore and call home for the past four days and nights; You’re not only coming back into the masses that is the hypersensitive year 2016 but, the masses that is still are wondering what the fuck?
But you’re doing it with that chest bowed out like you have the tits of Sofia Vergara.
The President-Elect would say they are great because they’re the best.
Have you seen House of Cards? There was this scene where Frank and his wife and their…If you’ve seen the show, you know where I’m going. It was instantly followed by a hot and sexy as hell scene on the opposite end of the spectrum. Seeing the images of these two about felt like that.
Speaking of complete opposites, that is what it’s like to leave jail as compared to Tony Robbins, nonetheless, your apprehensions are possibly very similar.
How do you behave?
Should I talk all about it? Because God knows it’s all I want to do.
Do I book my next one? I don’t want this feeling to go away and if I have another to look forward to, it will keep me positive knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Do I go full force after what I want? Break out of my restrictions? Break out of my comfort zone and truly just say “fuck it”, let’s do this?
Fascinated by the mind of the entrepreneur. The person that believes they are their own boss. Also making them ultimately responsible for whether they succeed or fail. No one else.
Many only give credit, and justifiably so, to those that put their lives on the line, literally, whether in the Military or Emergency Services. However, the entrepreneur takes an economic gamble that could leave them on food stamps. But, it also creates the opportunity to provide them, and their family, with fortunes beyond their beliefs. Sounds like the lottery, ya? You can’t win if you don’t play, right? But here is the one thing that they can do that someone that plays the lottery can’t do:
Work harder, work smarter. When you leave, are you motivated? Yes. Are you inspired? Yes. But, going to one of these things is like being exceptional at practice. You could be a stud Mon-Fri. But when it’s game day, if you shrink in the moment, well, what good are you. Same to be said here. I could have made peace with aspects of my past, created a plan for my future, and learned how to take action in my present to make it all a possibility. But if I went back to my old habits as soon as landed in NY? I essentially went to a four-day music festival.
When you leave, you’re leaving an atmosphere that is totally devoted for those attending to not only be entertained but, changed! Think about that. Those in attendance, some paying thousands to do so. Some flying 18 hours like a man I met from Amsterdam. Some flying cross country and living off protein bars and salt and vinegar almonds. What they all wanted to do was have the knowledge, the tools, and the courage to make a drastic change in their life. All of us think that something is missing, that we are kind of looking for our purpose, our mission in life. But it’s this:
Is Curly waiting for you in the form of Tony Robbins to tell you just that? In a way. Since I don’t feel like bringing a herd of cattle to their slaughter to try to discover my true purpose; This has to do. Essentially, what you find out is that you just have to let go.
Let go of a past that does not pre-determine your future. Just because it’s your past doesn’t mean it’s your destiny. Let go of the future that may or may not happen. It’s life, ONE THING can happen in a heartbeat and it all will change forever. It could be for the good, the great, or the catastrophic, but it doesn’t mean you have you live life that way. It means you GET to live life that way.
The world is filled with stories of cancer patients that wish they knew this was going to happen to them decades ago. Why? The time they truly lived life, was when they found out they were going to die.
Remember that list of 7 areas of life? Physical Body, Finances, Career/work, Contribution, etc. (I write etc. because I can’t remember the last two and am too lazy and too focused to get up and look) When you leave UPW, you MUST figure out a way to go after the one you want the most. For me, and even if you’re my colleague or client, you won’t be shocked when you read this, it’s my career.
So, did I take action when I got back? Essentially, does Tony Robbins work?
In chronological order. 1) Set up an appointment to get my student film, oh look, here it is again!
Anyway, like I was saying, I had to get it prepared to be submitted to film festivals. A process that took a lot more time and effort one would think, but a major step.
Second, I needed a coach. We saw earlier how remarkably expensive the Robbins Research life coaches were. Truthfully, I didn’t think I needed one. What I wanted was someone in the profession of screenwriting. My mother came through clutch on this. She bought me the Screenwriters Bible by Dave Trottier for my most recent birthday. A moment that brought me to tears. How this simple gesture showed that my mother believed in her son and his dream. So, who did I contact to be my writing coach? Dave Trottier. Had our session and it was spectacular. Keep your eyes peeled for when I get nominated for an Oscar.
My mother obviously had to be thanked for that, right?
She needed to be thanked for much more than that. She needed to be thanked for all the sacrifices, all the chances she took, and everything she did, to the best of her knowledge, abilities. I put that woman through hell and back and though she hated me at moments, and I hated her, she never stopped loving me with every ounce of being. And I love that woman more than any woman on Earth.
And I also had to thank my dad.
This phone call was slightly tougher. It required the moment of:
Do your move: “YES!”
Say yes: “YES!
Say yes: “YES!!!”
And then I called. I honestly don’t know if I did that before, but when we were done, I definitely wiped my feet and celebrated!
That call belongs to us.
The last thing I did, I wrote a six-part blog about the most personal thing I’ve ever been through. I would have never done this prior to the event, and I thank you with all of my overjoyed heart for reading this!
I made the decision that I MUST do it, and then gained LEVERAGE by posting that I was going to write six of these. It got a little tiresome, a little too deep, but at the time, it was all about the will to allow myself to be scrutinized. Many don’t know that is probably the writers number one fear. That people won’t like it. You know what I think of that:
Let’s see you fly cross country, get no sleep, walk on coals, have your tongue, stomach, and ass decimated by protein bars and almonds Hug and massage Lou, cry like your a kid and someone just broke your Optimus Prime, dance to Hits Volume 112, talk to complete strangers about why dad didn’t love you enough, listen to people tell you why their dad didn’t love them enough, clap until your hands were bruised, worry about falling down a flight of concrete steps in front of thousands, lose your voice four days in a row that made you sound like a transvestite doing an impersonation of Demi Moore, and then deal with Uber! Then when you get back, you share all of this while annoying God knows how many on social media with your “look at me, look at me” posts.
And you know what?
If you walked through my door right now with a ticket to Unleash the Power Within North Korea, a plane ticket sitting bitch the entire way, a bag full of salt and vinegar almonds and said we have to leave right now with only the clothes on your back. I’d say:
Thank you all!
PS: I’ve also signed up with Date with Destiny in Florida, December 2017, and keep your eyes peeled for Unleash the Power Within, NEW YORK! July 2017.
Dedicated to the Memories of
Quido and Emma Notte.
Joshua “Rocco” Thompson.
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