The Psychological Hurdle.

In the spirit of honesty and openness to be used to the reader's advantage please forgive the free use of the personal pronoun. It is used to describe an experience which I believe to be a 'light at the end of the tunnel' situation. If anyones finds themselves in a moment of despair, it is here for your reference as a reminder that if I can do it, you can do it.

Catch Up

It has been an eventful month, all positive with hard work finally paying off. In short my achievements include booking a Jamie Oliver Ident, getting 3 final recalls, my first LA Skype audition, and landing a great part in a play; That Strange Kind of Passion, which will run for 3 weeks from the 16th November at the Calder Bookshop Theatre. Great little venue. (plug!)

The Hurdle

Aside from the work trickling in, I've seen a drastic change in my attitude towards myself which has paid off immensely and has also inspired my entry today: The Psychological Hurdle.

My 'hurdle' was my body. It wasn't cooperating with me because I hadn't been cooperating with it for a very long time. As soon as harmony prevailed the floodgates opened and there were no more excuses or reasons, and the results I've always desired started coming to me. When fear is removed the reasons to not try are also removed.

What you do 'off the clock' will drastically affect how you are able to handle yourself 'on the clock'. As Stellar Adler famously said, 'Your talent is in your choices.' Without exercising extreme self-control in the areas you want to change, disappointment becomes your shadow and follows you everywhere.

The Change

12 weeks ago I embarked on a new lifestyle choice; I completely changed my lifestyle to change the one thing that was bothering me; my body. After 27 years of not treating it with the utmost respect and love it deserved, it responded by not corresponding.

As my body has slowly changed into a lean, responsive, flexible and happy vessel I noticed that my attitude towards everything else also changed. I had proved to myself that I am capable of combating deeply ingrained habits and if I can do that I can do anything.

The psychology behind feeling comfortable in your own skin is such an art and I truly believe that leaders of industry have self confidence in absolutely everything they do.

The Lesson

I wanted to communicate this with you today because if you are not achieving the level of success you desire, then you have your own psychological hurdle that is stopping you. It could be debt, a relationship, an less-than-ideal living situation, lack of funds anything... they are all the same thing; an accumulation of negativity that you are placing excuses upon.

I can guarantee that if you chipped away at your problem, think marathon and not sprint, you will also psychologically be chipping away at your own negative hurdles and before you know it they will disappear. And it's liberating.

It's time to make a choice; what's more important to you? The immediate tiny reward or the huge payout waiting for you down the line?

- Taya De La Cruz

20th October 2012

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