Every once in a while something happens that can change the direction of your life if you let it. Mine happened one morning two years ago when I opened YouTube and clicked on a compilation video of gym fails, and the most annoying thing on the web happened to me….An ad popped up. But this was no ordinary ad. This was Joe Rogan, you know the guy from fear factor, staring directly into the camera and asking me the strangest question:

If your life were a movie, and it started now, what would the hero of your life’s movie do right now? He said, far too often we define ourselves by our past and say, well that’s me, but that’s not you, you’re the person that’s learned from those failures and you can choose to be the hero of your own movie.

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I just about fell out of my chair as his words hit me right in the gut and two thoughts raced through my mind.

  1. How am I so inspired by a guy who used to make people eat worms for money?
  2. What would the hero of my movie be doing right now
I wasn’t quite sure of the answer but I knew what the hero wouldn’t be doing. I’ve watched a lot of movies and I’ve never seen the hero wasting his time watching YouTube at 9:00 in the morning. And then the ad continued. I had the chance to skip it like I do with every other ad that pops up, but I didn’t. I sat there with my eyes transfixed on the screen and watched as this tattooed MMA commentator hit me with the brutal facts of life. And it closed by telling me to be inspired. To write down who I want to be and go forward as the hero the hero of my movie. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QJSvjjgb3g[/embedyt] I went looking for more and on his podcast, he said in every movie the hero starts out in the gutter. A guy with a gun in his mouth until he sees a picture of his kids, Arnold Schwarzenegger rolling out of bed and putting pizza, ice cream and potato chips in a blender for breakfast. But then something happens and that loser, that guy whose life is going nowhere, takes control. At this point, I was thinking WHY NOT ME?

Now, I couldn’t tell you what the guy was selling or why the ad was on so from that standpoint, it was pretty ineffective, but all of a sudden, my hair was on fire. I saw possibility in everything.

When I looked at my desk I asked, who works like this? Not the hero of my movie, so I cleaned it up.

I looked back at my computer that had YouTube playing and asked, who watches Youtube in the middle of the day? Not the hero of my movie, I turned it off and started making my task list.

After I had listed all of the things that I had been putting off, letting slide and simply neglecting, I felt as though a weight had been lifted from my shoulders with a crane.

In a little over two hours of time, I had completely reorganized my office, written two pretty important letters and finished a project that I had convinced myself would take months. Who could have pulled off this amazing feat, The hero of my movie, that’ s who?

Was this going to last? Who knows.

Zig Ziggler once famously said that motivation isn’t permanent, but neither is bathing, that’s why they recommend you do it on a regular basis.

Every time I feel myself begin to drift or my mind to wander, I ask myself, what would the hero of my movie do right now. That little line has kept me going ever since. 

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