Kick Monday’s Ass: gettin’ all up in your ear holes (February 8, 2021)
It’s time to kick Monday’s ass…
I’m so excited to share this… the trailer for my upcoming podcast is now live. You can listen (and subscribe!) here:
Today I’m submitting that feed to all the major podcast outlets and we’re gonna kick this into high gear.
Thank you for being on this journey with me. I appreciate the hell out of you!
With that, let’s jump into this week’s video…
Kick Monday’s Ass: Focus on What You Can Control
Lots of people will tell you to set goals and focus all your attention on them. I say that’s a recipe for frustration and all kinds of self-doubt. Why? Because you’re focused on something that’s outside your control!
Think about it… if you could make $5k land in your bank account just by focusing your attention on it, wouldn’t you have already made that happen? This is attaching to an outcome or a result, and it’s crazy-making because you can’t actually control whether someone decides to pay you.
So what CAN you control? That’s what this week’s video is all about (and it’s a lot easier than it might seem, once you break it down like this)…
Badass of the Week
This week’s honor goes to 70-year-old Frank Rothwell, who not only raised more than 648k British pounds, he broke a world record by rowing 3,000 UNASSISTED miles across the Atlantic ocean.
This is the power of having a big reason why, and a whole hell of a lot of determination. When you’ve got a mission bigger than you, you might be surprised what you can accomplish.
Sometimes doing something for someone else, or a cause you care about, is enough to remove those internal “BUT CAN I REALLY DO THIS?!” blocks and drive you to try your best.
(If you know someone who should be featured as my Badass of the Week, leave a comment and tell me!)
On Repeat This Week…
This one’s called Mack the Knife, a cover sung by Ella Fitzgerald.
I’m on a bit of a jazz kick this week, and what better song to share than one that literally changed my life?
Once upon a time, young Angie really wanted to sing. But she was paranoid – absolutely FROZEN in terror at the thought of getting the words wrong and screwing up the song.
One day young Angie heard this rendition of Mack the Knife, and picked up when it started to go off the rails (hint: around 2:35 is when you start to get the sense Ella forgot the words).
Instead of freaking the eff out that she forgot the words, Ella sang what was happening… “we’re making a wreck, a wreck, a wreck of this song…”. Not only did she OWN her mistake… she completely turned it around and made that entertaining as hell. Most folks idly listening don’t even pick up on the “mistake” because she just keeps going as if nothing happened.
The moment I recognized this, I shed the fear and embraced being a true performer and a creative – imperfections and all.
I mean if someone as badass and respected as Ella can go on national TV and completely forget the words, don’t I deserve that kinda grace too?
Look… most people aren’t paying close enough attention to notice the mistakes. If you keep going and don’t call attention to it, most people are gonna see what you meant them to see – the performance, the job, the art, whatever.
(yeah there are internet trolls who will nitpick the shit out of anything, but we’re not talking about them – we’re talking about fans. Ella’s fans clearly didn’t storm the stage to rip her to shreds for forgetting the words)
Check it out. Watch the whole thing – but pay particular attention around 2:35 when it starts to become clear she’s making it up on the fly.
May Ella’s example inspire you to keep going.
If you’re an aspiring freelancer who’s working up the courage to leave the day job… good news! I’m sharing all the things I WISH I’d known before making the leap so that hopefully your journey goes a little more smoothly than mine.