At times, I am amazed at how actors can skip from one role to another – from a fantasy comedy character to a vicious gang leader – and they seem to step into the relevant characters with ease. At least that’s how it appears to us. Although, in reality, they probably practised each role for as long as it took until it became second nature to them.
I believe that everyone has a dream, or a desire, that they want to accomplish in life. Some do not achieve their dreams because they perceive them to be unachievable, others start down the road of actualisation, but have the tendency to quit somewhere down the winding road, especially when they face a few setbacks or run into barriers along the way.
Firstly, no realistic dream is unachievable. Secondly, setbacks can be challenged and learned from, and barriers can be removed.
A client of ours, a highly successful marketing executive, had long dreamed of sitting in the director’s chair. The dream had remained on the starting block for years, until one day he grew tired of the long wait, and had decided that he would learn all that he could about that role, and even go one step further; he would take on the part and act as if he is successfully living his dream as the marketing director.
To play the part more convincingly and appropriately, he felt he required the impetus from a qualified coach: one who would support him and explore with him all the available resources in finding the most suitable script for the part, by allowing him to broaden his scope of thinking and learning, to be confident in his new character in preparation for its actualisation.
If you were to choose a movie, a dream, that you would like to play the lead role in, what character would you like to act?
Hani Al-Qasem and Natalie Dee are the co-authors of the e-book “Self-Confidence Building in 7 Steps.”
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