Friday One Minute of Excitement

What’s Behind That Door That You’re Opening?

Click on the link to watch the video for a one-minute inspirational blast!

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

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Keep Discovering More Things You Love To Do

My name used to be “HAVE TO” Freeman.  In junior high and high school, I lived my life in a way I thought I SHOULD to be well-liked, to be successful, to be one of the cool kids and, as I grew up, to be one of the cool adults.  I had a long “SHOULD LIST”for being a highly successful man and was determined to follow it.  (I still have this “SHOULD LIST” in the back of my mind.  But am much less determined to follow it these days.)

What is on your SHOULD LISTfor being a highly successful adult?

As I love to say in this blog, (along with the love and teachings of my parents and many others), Laughter Yoga, hatha yoga, creative writing, and countless miles of walking are some of the miracles that have allowed me to move from experiencing a life of disability to experiencing a life of radiant ability.

Part of the miracle of these activities is that I Love To Do Them.  However, none of these activities were on my “SHOULD LIST” for being a highly successful adult.

For example, I have been known to take fourteen hatha yoga classes a week at Pilgrimage of the Heart, the studio where I’m a member.

Do I do this because I wake-up in the morning and think, “Oh there are so many things I would rather be doing, but I better go to two yoga classes today because people say it’s supposed to be good for me.  I SHOULD REALLY GO!”

No, not at all!  I go to two yoga classes a day because I LOVE yoga, I LOVE the benefits I see from yoga, I LOVE the studio I go to, and I LOVE my teachers and my fellow students.

Yoga has become a miracle in my life because I have done it over and over again.  IN A WAY YOU COULD SAY I’VE ALLOWED YOGA TO BE A MIRACLE IN MY LIFE BECAUSE of MY PARTICIPATION IN IT

Another part of this miracle is that yoga brings me JOY AS I DO IT.

We can work hard at achieving health and achieving our dreams by doing things we think we SHOULD do.  The world is full of endless ideas, and endless things that have worked for other people.  People might tell us that we SHOULD do such and such to achieve such and such result.  But the only SHOULD that actually makes us do something is the SHOULD we tell ourselves.

Each one of us is ultimately responsible for finding the activities that we love to do, the activities that bring us both joy and the results we want.

I’ve found that it can be unsettling to pursue the things we love to do because it often challenges and can change our definition of what it is to be a highly successful adult.

As you move from your “SHOULD LIST”to your “THINGS I LOVE TO DO LIST,” I found that life can change and expand in unpredictable ways.  These changes can be exciting and at the same time occasionally daunting.

To keep in mind the direction I want to go, rather than “No Pain, No Gain”, my motto has become “FIND JOY, FIND GAIN.”

The journey from “No Pain, No Gain” to “FIND JOY, FIND GAIN.” is the journey from “I’m doing this because I SHOULD” to “I’m doing this because I LOVE TO,” the journey from struggling with your life to loving your life, the journey from being your own SHOULD-maker, to being your own MIRACLE-maker.

This journey can be a life-long adventure.

Have fun!

Game of the Day

What’s currently on your “THINGS I LOVE TO DO LIST?”

What is your next step to finding more of “THE THINGS YOU LOVE TO DO?”

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

Friday One Minute of Excitement

Things can change!

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

Friday One Minute of Excitement

Are you ready to take the first step?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

Friday One Minute of Excitement

What can you do today to expand your life?

Click on the link to watch the video for a one-minute inspirational blast!

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com. 

Are You Ready To Take Action?

As a kid, I always thought, “Sure, I’m ready to take action.  I’m ready to do something fun!  I’m ready to have an adventure.”

But as an adult, I have come to realize that sometimes we desperately want specific things to occur in our lives, but we aren’t in a place YET where we’re ready to take the actions that would allow them a greater chance of occurring.

We can be like a basketball player who keeps asking the coach to put him in the game.  However, the coach keeps looking down at the player’s feet.  Then EVERY SINGLE TIME, the coach shakes his head no.  The player gets more and more frustrated as he watches the coach rotate every player in and out of the game, sometimes two or even three times, EVERY PLAYER EXCEPT HIM.

Can you imagine the poor player’s frustration?

He keeps saying, “Come on! Put me in the game coach!  I’m ready to score lots of points!  I’m ready to make you proud!”

The player’s face becomes more and more red.

FINALLY, the coach takes pity on the player.  The coach simply points down at the player’s feet and says, “I’ll gladly put you in the game, if you put on your shoes.”

Sometimes if we look honestly at what we are presently doing in regards to preparing for our “basketball game,” we will find that we’re happy with little or no action, that at the moment taking action would bring us less joy than taking no action.

And this is OK.

When we take our actions from a place of being ready, we are more likely to enjoy them and be successful.

Of course, there’s a balance.  If we want to be in our “basketball game,” we do eventually have to put our shoes on. 

But knowing that it can be OK to wait to take action can give us more freedom to decide when to make our entrance onto the court.

Game of the Day

How do you decide when you are happy with little or no action in regards to a particular situation?

How do you decide when you are ready to take action?

How do you find comfort and joy with whatever decision you happen at this moment to make?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com. 

Celebrate Your Dream By Making A Video For YouTube

There’s great power in giving public voice to a dream you have by making a YouTube video.  Ina Lukas, the Creative Director at Heroic! Yes Productions, taught me this a few years ago.

When you get your dream on video, you declare, “THIS IS MY DREAM.  I’M CREATING IT.  AND I’M PROUD OF IT.  You make the leap to the other side of the screen.

What’s your dream?  What do you absolutely love about your dream?  What deeply inspires you about your dream?  How do you keep yourself happy with your dream on a daily basis?  What challenges have you had to dance with as you move towards achieving your dream?

Your dream can be a dream in process.  You don’t have to have realized the pinnacle of your dream to inspire others.  Just acknowledging that you have the dream and that you are taking steps towards it IS INSPIRING.

Think about it.  Who are you more interested in talking to at a party, the person who says nothing’s new or the person who’s excited to talk about her dreams?  When you hear her talking about her dreams, aren’t you more likely to want to talk about your dreams?

You can offer this same kind of inspiration to the world by speaking enthusiastically about a dream you have on YouTube. 

(You might say, “Now Jason, everyone in the world is not going to watch my YouTube video.  In fact, very few people may watch it.”)

Good point, this may be the case, but YouTube is viewed around the world thanks to the Internet.  When you post the YouTube video of your dream, you simply have no idea who will end up clicking on your video and being inspired to pursue their dreams.

One of the first videos I posted on YouTube was called “Follow Your Own Lead” and it was about my dream of coaching clients while we walked together.  Right after the video was posted, I remember that I would check the number of views on the video many times a day in hopes that it had suddenly gone viral.  In retrospect, I think I was so fixated on checking my YouTube views because I was searching for confirmation that I was up to something good.

I found it very tempting to believe that the more YouTube hits my video received, the more powerful and worthy my dream was.

Posting videos on YouTube helped me learn this valuable lesson about dreams-

The person your dream has to be most popular with is you.  The person who has to find the most joy in your dream is you.  Your dream is worthy and priceless because it’s your dream and you want to create it.  This is true whether ten people click on your video, or ten million.

How do you change the world?  It’s as simple as inspiring yourself, then one person and the next and the next.

Game of the Day

Film a 2 – 4 minute YouTube video of you talking about one dream you have.  (I recommend that you focus on one dream per video.  If you find this process fun and have more dreams that you want to share on YouTube, create more videos).

Post your video on YouTube.

Be happy and applaud yourself for proclaiming your dream to the world.

See what kind of response you get and at the same time always remember that the person your dream has to be most popular with is you.

So watch your own video and delight in how good it is.

And have confidence that you will naturally inspire others.

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.