This Is It: Committing to your craft

To a degree, we’ve glamorized Purpose. We find role models that are doing what we want to do;

living the life.

They’re focused,

no distractions,

single minded.

(Heath Ledger)

Look at Heath Ledger.

The man was so committed to playing the Joker that he became the Joker. There are stories of him working tirelessly on getting every little nuance of his character perfect.

He died in the months to come.

Look at Michael Jackson.

He spent days on end without sleep,

pumped himself full of medication,

and rehearsed day and night for the This Is It Tour.

Why?

“I’m never pleased with anything, I’m a perfectionist, it’s part of who I am.”

He died in the process of rehearsing the tour.

(Michael Jackson, This Is It film)

Their deaths cemented their legacy in my mind. And I wasn’t alone. To this day, Jared Leto (the Joker in Suicide Squad) is following Heath’s footsteps by staying in character.

And how many of today’s artist can say they aren’t influenced by The King of Pop?

It’s easy for us to look at artists, role models, or heroes and say, “I wish I could do that.”

But do we really mean it?

Purpose claims the life of many.

We can blame poor choices, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, or a party lifestyle for their death but when we do so we completely disregard the weight of living a life so passionately.

Look at a boxer after a match.

Talk to a pastor on a Monday.

You’ll find that living a life full of purpose can leave you pretty banged up.

But the show must go on;

whether it is because others need them

or they can’t let go of their drive for even a moment.

Adrenaline and commitment fuel passion;

a passion for purpose,

which can come at a great price.

Purpose can cost us our life in a figurative or literal sense.

It’s spelled out all around us.

Yet we somehow find a way to flippantly say, “I wish I could do that.”

I’m guilty of it too.

This isn’t meant to discredit the first steps in pursing our purpose. It’s natural to look for role models.

We imagine ourselves in a completely different position than where we currently are.

A new job,

city,

life.

But in order for that life to be possible, this one must end.

That’s what keeps most of us perpetually admiring rather than pursuing.

*Cue: excuses,

negativity,

misplaced priorities.*

Your purpose is not beyond you but it will come at a cost.

The encouragement in that is this;

the more of yourself you commit to that purpose, the greater the return.

How much of your day do you spend in pursuit?

Is that any indication of why what was once a booming voice calling you to something greater has become a faint whispering reminder of what used to be your goal?

Adrenaline.

If you’ve ever been on a roller coaster, you know the feeling after you get off. Pure adrenaline.

But after a while that fades off.

That’s why you see crazed teenagers running to the next ride.

They want to keep that feeling going all day long.

Are you running to the next ride?

Commitment.

I’ll end with Steve Nash who used to play in the NBA.

He’s a twice a league MVP.

A notoriously good passer and ball handler.

He credits his ball handling to growing up in Canada.

He dribbled in the cold, bounced a tennis ball to and from school, and went to the gym to practice every chance he got.

Not the tallest, fastest, or most naturally skilled.

He was the most committed.

How often do you practice?

-The Ideas Guy

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