sitting on in my little kitchen garden in NYC,
I pulled a card for you and for this post:
The message I’m supposed to give you is:
You have EVERYTHING you need in front of you.
♥ Wanna channel that inner rock star version of you?
♥ Wanna draw in that swagger and confidence to do anything?
♥ Wanna get an idea of who you are and where you want to go and grab life by the reigns?
How can you achieve superhero status?
None of us can.
Superheroes are myths.
Our inner rockstars are in for a wild and real life ride – happily rolling in the gutters one day with their friends and hurling a television out of the window the next.
You ever seen a Behind the Music and all the stuff they talk about?
Sure there’s “superhero” moments, but in the end, we are all on the same roller coaster together.
This shit is real.
And it’s not perfect, it ain’t always pretty –
but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.
How do we channel that inner rock star more in life?
Things You Need to Know:
No One’s Got It Figured Out.
At 16, I had my absolute rock star and riot grrl heroes that I believed had “figured it all out”.
I felt like this loser that had no idea what I was doing.
I believed that I could never be them or get to where they were in life because I had too much doubt and fear.
Well – come to find out in interviews later on – they were struggling with the same doubts and fears I was. Reading about their honest feelings made me respect them more as people AND made me see that we all deal with the same insecurities in life.
We are all in the same boat.
Don’t let fear silence you.
Fuck Intimidation. Get Down With Some Inspiration.
One of my favorite moments at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction this year was from David Grohl who said:
“Don’t look at the poster on your wall and think ‘I could never do that.’ Look at the poster on your wall and think ‘I’m gonna fucking do that!'” You look up to your heroes and you shouldn’t be intimidated by them, you should be inspired by them.”
All Great Things Start Small
Our own wild expectations of who we are and what we would should be doing can be terrifying. Let’s stop setting ourselves up to fail. Give yourself a realistic simple goals.
How simple is this: What is one small thing you can do towards your goal today?
Rock an Original….Your OWN Badass Self.
Don’t get caught up in the trap of comparing yourself to others. We all have our own “Choose Your Own Adventure” life story going on.
The best way to channel your inner rockstar is to do it YOUR way. Crank up your own version of you and watch the things start to feel better.
Judy Garland once famously said: “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
What are your best traits, the things you like about yourself, the things that make you – you?
What are the things you’d mention if you had to brag a little?
Now imagine who you’d be if you boosted those traits just a little more. Just a little. I’m not talking about imagining some completely different version of you, some impossible fantasy. Just see who you could be with a little extra boost of the best parts of you.
Stage Dive Into The Things You Love
What are your favorite things to do? Remember the “What’s in your blood?” question from three weeks ago…? Well how do you apply that to your regular life?
How often do you do this thing?
Can you make steps to do this thing more and more?
Challenge Yourself: If you’re recording a song once every 6 months, can you challenge yourself to do 3 songs in 6 months?
This blog you’re reading right now came from a challenge to myself to write regularly for 7 months – and that was almost a year and a half ago! I love it, so I made it part of my life.
Keep building on the things you love.
Fuck Giving Up
Yep. If you love it and you want it – Do. Not. Give. Up.
Dreams don’t die.
They may go to sleep for awhile, they might take way longer than you want them to. But they don’t die, unless you say they do.
Trust me on this one. My dream of creating the movie Revolver started 10 long years ago. There were things I didn’t know how to do and things I got scared of. I stopped moving forward at times because everything seemed “too overwhelming”. Finally we decided to hurl ourselves back into this dream and with your help, we were able to get the funds to shoot this year!
Don’t ever give up.
As long as you are alive – your possibilities are endless.
Share the answers to these questions in the comments. Let’s cheer wildly for each other as we stage dive.