How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Been to the gym every day for two hours since January 1st and feel ready for that bikini body competition? Increased your income over 50 percent the past 30 days and finally achieved that dream job? More present, happy, joyful and feeling perfect, as if you have a Zoloft drip attached to you? Or have you given up already or didn’t even try to set intentions for 2018 that are different from what you’ve been doing the past 365 days and beyond? If you are like most folks I know, you probably are feeling a little deflated, overwhelmed, anxious or confused as to how to get out of the endless gerbil wheel of have-tos, shoulds, and pushing yourself to exhaustion, and then quitting.
Goals. It’s a cha-cha. Two steps forward, and one step back, is often the pattern for growth. The problem is that most of us are too darned hard on ourselves, or we set ourselves up for failure by setting goals that are unrealistic, out of our control, or simply because we don’t even try. Then we tell ourselves that our lives will never change, or that we are destined to be depressed, anxious, broke, in toxic relationships or whatever negative habit or circumstance we are secretly struggling with behind closed doors. Circumstances that we can’t face or filter into instant perfection for the outside world to applaud on our social media highlight reel.
I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be that way, and I am living proof. I have overcome personal and professional hurdles that seemed insurmountable. Obstacles where I was literally shown that life was giving me an “F” in that area and it seemed I was doomed to deal with them forever. Everything from trying to deal with a physical disability where I was told I’d never run again, a potential bankruptcy from a real estate scam I was swindled into, seemingly cursed in my love life with toxic relationship patterns, being creatively unfulfilled, told I’d never be as successful as I’d want to be within my industry, told I shouldn’t write, couldn’t sing past the page at auditions, feeling shy and lacking confidence…and the list goes on. Now while my resume and social media won’t showcase the building blocks that lead to the pendulum swinging the other way, I am here to hopefully inspire you because if I can get out from underneath these crazy circumstances, then you can get out of yours too. If something isn’t working in your life, I believe, it simply means, “There is something I don’t know…yet!”
While I’m absolutely no life coach, I feel that’s a huge role to fill and most who claim that title don’t have the personal results to match their regurgitated knowledge that they learned from someone else’s expertise. I have learned a few things from being an entrepreneur and artist in an industry that is consistently inconsistent. I’ve created and augmented systems and surrounded myself with a tribe of like-minded folks who not only want to lift each other up but also remind each other to do more with their blessings by adding value. I wanted to hopefully remind and inspire you to get out of your own way and dance with this crazy journey we call life.
Why is it important to me? Because I believe we all have incredible gifts to add value within this world and if we all focused on that, more often our world would be a happier, more harmonious place. So selfishly I want you to thrive so it inspires others to thrive so we can all thrive!
Below are a few tips, and a book recommendation that I wrote to keep you on point and focused on what you want instead of being sucked into fear, negativity and victimhood. There is also a podcast where you can get a stronger sense of who I am and understand why I believe that Manifesting Your Mission requires fluidity within the rigidity of goal setting. It also explains why I believe that if you get still often enough you will begin to trust that small still voice inside you that is whispering for you to grow into your greatest yet to be. And, more importantly, to pay attention to the serendipity in your life that is showing you exactly what you need to do and when.
Three Simple Tips:
1. Keep your goals…SIMPLE, STUPID!
Overly complicated goals often lead you to be overwhelmed. Condense and keep it streamlined. Period.
2. Keep your goals…WITHIN YOUR CONTROL!
Intentions and visualizations are equally important, but they are not the same as goals. Allow things to flow your way and manifest… but in the meantime, focus on what you can do, and have the ability to do, instead of feeling like a failure because you set yourself up with unrealistic expectations.
3. Keep your goals…POSITIVE!
Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. This seems obvious, but notice how often you perseverate on the problem instead of a solution. How often do you commiserate with friends about that terrible ____________ when all that time and energy would be better served focused on creating new habits to get yourself out of those circumstances?
To learn more about what we’ve created within The New Hollywood and how we are dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers, as well as inspire everyone to Rise Higher, Shine Brighter and Give Back… then check out our guidebook that is now available to the public. We’ve been beta-testing it internally for over 5 years and the seemingly simple systems work.
To Purchase Manifesting Your Mission:
Videos About Manifesting Your Mission:
Manifest This! Podcast with Krista Allen:
“Beware of your thoughts, they become your words.
Beware of your words, they become your habits.
Beware of your habits, they become your character, your destiny at the bank, the hospital, the doctor’s office, and in every relationship.”
-Dr. Pat Allen
*Photo credit Linda Chaya
About Brianna Brown
Award-winning actress Brianna Brown knows what it takes to be successful. If you work smart, center yourself and have grit, you will go places, and Brianna is living proof. Brianna began pursuing her dreams as an aspiring actress by flipping through the yellow pages and cold calling local Minnesota agencies at the age of 14. Two decades later, she has been featured in numerous high-profile roles on both the silver and small screen. She has produced staged and film projects, formed a thriving nonprofit, spoken at illustrious events and sang beside Broadway legends.
As an actress Brianna has been in more than 20 features, ranging from big budget films to indie productions that she co-produced herself.
On the small screen, Brianna has appeared in more than 30 different television shows, exhibiting her range in both comedy and drama. She is most often recognized for her work opposite Claire Danes on the Emmy-award winning series Homeland on Showtime, as the “love to hate” villain Dr. Lisa Niles on ABC’s Emmy-award winning General Hospital, as a series regular on Marc Cherry’s dramedy Devious Maids, and most recently she has reprised the crazy Claudia Blaisdel on CW’s Dynasty. As an actress, Brianna has been nominated for numerous awards such as the Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Adults Only, Best Actress by Edgmar Film Festival, Toronto COMMFest, and won Best Actress at Long Island International Film Expo for her work in The Encounter. In the spring of 2013, People’s Special Edition 50th Anniversary of General Hospital, Soaps in Depth, and Soap Opera Digest all named Brianna one of the best villains in the show’s 50-year history. In 2015 Brianna’s role on Graceland was nominated for a PRISM award for her accurate portrayal of substance abuse. In 2016 she was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Drama by Indie Series Award for her role in Eastsiders.
When Brianna is not being paid to pretend, she loves to stay active in mind and body. She’s a voracious reader and enjoys staying physically fit. She is also an active philanthropist and producer for her passion projects. Brianna has produced multiple onstage musical benefits and events where all proceeds went to humanitarian causes. On camera, she co-produced a web series, Retail Therapy, featuring an all-female cast, a music video benefiting a local environmental organization, TreePeople, as well as the socially-conscious film The Encounter, which was accepted into over 25 different film festivals worldwide and won Best Short, Making a Difference and Audience Choice. Brianna is also an Executive Producer for the socially-relevant feature film Elevate, which will be premiering in 2018.
Brianna is the Chair Ambassador for the National Women’s History Museum where she has co-hosted multiple benefits alongside ALMA winner Ana Ortiz. For years she was a board member and co-host for the annual Hollywood Gives Charity Event, which benefited Toys for Tots, and has been an ongoing host for The Blank’s Young Playwrights Festival.
Over the last several years Brianna began speaking at numerous conferences and events, such as the Sustainable Business Council, Women Game Changers, and various schools and festivals across the country. Using her musical talents, Brianna has helped raise money by singing at benefits such as Free to Express to help stop human trafficking, The New Hollywood Benefit Cabaret at Rockwell, What A Pair, and Broadway Sniffs Out Cancer at Joe’s Pub in New York City alongside Broadway legends.
Never forgetting her roots, in 2012 Brianna ran the Twin Cities Marathon alongside a team of friends and family to raise funds for The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Dakota County branch, which was co-founded by her grandparents.
In 2013 Brianna won the Philanthropic Award at the Gratitude Summit and from 2011 through 2016, Brianna was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Award and in 2016 Brianna was recognized by the city of Santa Monica for all of The New Hollywood’s good work.
As Founder and CEO, Brianna spends much of her free time focused on her biggest passion project which is her nonprofit The New Hollywood. The New Hollywood is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers. TNH is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2006 and intends to inspire everyone to Rise Higher, Shine Brighter and Give Back!
In 2018 Brianna Brown released to the public her much anticipated guidebook, Manifesting Your Mission. This book has been internally beta-tested for over five years within Brianna’s non-profit to help members Rise Higher, Shine Brighter & Give Back! The simple systems and tools presented within this book are simple, effective and make goal setting fun and inspiring!
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