Recently in a blog post, Joshua Alexander posted a picture of a sign taped on a wall that said “Stress Reduction Kit.” Below that was a big circle containing the words “Bang Head Here”. Ha ha! I had quite the guffaw, I can tell you, as I wiped the blood from my forehead.
He also posted a picture of me (sorry about that) and generously pointed his readers to this blog, so a humble expression of heartfelt thanks is in order. With that in mind, if you hate this blog, blame Josh.
Do you ever feel like you are banging your head against a wall? That no matter how hard or how long you try, you don’t seem to gain any ground? Well, it probably isn’t a wall giving you those nasty forehead bruises making you look like a cross between a watermelon and an eggplant. It is probably you. Or me. At least whenever I am getting stymied, it usually turns out to be I am getting in my own way so it wouldn’t surprise me if I were getting in your way also. I like to share.
It’s probably you
My current roadblock relates to marketing. To begin my endeavor, I took a ridiculous amount of time to come up with a plan. First, I brainstormed a memorable name for my overall plan: The Marvelous Masterful Marathon of Marketing. Pretty cool, huh? Then to keep track of my multitudinous efforts, I created the Searchable Spreadsheet of Stupendous Success. Because I am not great with Google Sheets, I watched approximately 45 dozen YouTube videos about making graphs, 97 funny cat videos, 18 auditions for America’s Got Talent and the latest from Rick Beato, all of which came together in my spreadsheet-fed automatically updated graph to illustrate my growing success which I named the Tactical Trajectory of Total Takeover. All of this was followed by a hearty congratulatory pat on my own back. Wow, I accomplished a lot! I deserve to relax with a nice drink and another episode of The Kominsky Method where I can glean tiny nuggets about acting while learning all the details about the problems older men have with urination.
Bathroom issues aside, I do need to begin marketing myself directly to clients and I can’t accept any excuses. Take yesterday for instance. As I started to do some searching for leads on LinkedIn, with extreme focus on the task at hand I thought of an idea for this blog post and didn’t want to lose it so I started writing… oh, wow, what happened? That happened yesterday and I still haven’t got back to it?
Where did the time go?
I am sure you have begun to see a pattern here. Good intentions, a firm decision to take the steps necessary to make it happen, then get distracted by something. Anything. Real or imagined. Things like making plans. Making spreadsheets. Creating stupid names for things. Writing a blog post. A squirrel. A spot on my shirt. A spot on my shirt? Where did that come from? I had better go pre-treat the stain and throw it in the wash…
I’m back, but dang! How did that take 45 minutes? Do I have peanut butter on my face?
Excuse me as I ashamedly cast my eyes downward, clasp my hands behind my back and timidly kick non-existent rocks while I admit that I have even paid for two different training resources on how to do marketing. You see, I knew that the money I spent would be an unavoidable motivation to actually do it. Oh, how little did I want to admit to myself just how solid my mental walls can be no matter how hard I bang my head against them. The truth? I watched the videos. I took notes. I haven’t done a damn thing beyond that.
I need another distraction
Having now worked my way through writing seven paragraphs, let me take a quick look at my Tactical Trajectory of Total Takeover. Hey – not too bad! It is still maintaining its momentum! I mean, if it stays flat, at least it isn’t going down, right?
There is something in my way. Surprise reveal: It’s me.
There are a lot of obstacles to becoming successful in voice-over, or in life for that matter. If you are feeling like you are banging your head against a wall and not making progress, I would encourage you to take a gentle look inward. If there is something in the way of your becoming a success, it may well be you.
Sound familiar? Don’t beat yourself up and please stop banging your head, I’m trying to watch TV. Plus, the blood stains and drywall repair will only make things worse. Find a way to get past it. If you don’t know how, reach out to someone you can trust for help. Don’t let embarrassment stop you. We all have things we have to deal with. Me, for instance. I obviously need to make a doable plan and stick to it, not letting myself get distrac… squirrel!