After reading many books on the power of the mind, it is clear that we are much more powerful than we believe
By Carole Dean
We’ve never been taught how to use the power of our minds. It is our most valuable tool in guiding us through life, but did you ever see a class on it in high school? Or a college course on creating your future? Or learning how to use the power of thought? No, they just don’t teach this in schools.
When you look at filmmakers like Spike Lee, Scorsese and Spielberg you wonder what is the common thread. What did they do to become so famous? We know they’re highly talented, but what did they do to propel themselves to their destiny?
They used the power of their mind.
Each knew they were talented and believed in themselves. They studied their craft daily. They put their attention on creating the future they want.
There are some great techniques using the power of the mind that filmmakers can use to achieve success.
Watch Your Thoughts
Believe that you are creating your future with your thoughts. Watch your thoughts so that they’re full of the future you want, not what you don’t want. Believe that thoughts are energy bundles waiting to manifest.
Edit what you think. Stay positive. Watch your thoughts and believe they are manifestors. That each thought is waiting to manifest.
Give more attention to your thoughts, in fact get in control and even “edit” your thoughts. Use your creativity to carve out that future just like you would write a script. Why not?
Take Spike Lee. His grandmother told him from an early age that he would go to college. As he was growing up, he saw her each month put aside money for his education. She assured him that he could do anything he wanted. Spike chose film. Don’t you think he was daydreaming about making films? Sure, he was.
Don’t Dismiss Your Daydreams
Daydreaming is a form of creating your future. Remember how you daydreamed what you wanted for your birthday and you got it? Well, that’s something you can continue to do. You can see your future and daydream about it. Pretend you have the future you want. See yourself living it. Feel yourself on the set directing, producing, loving every minute.
Do not succumb to “where will the money come from? How can I do this?”
You didn’t let the “Where” or the “How” get into your wish for the bicycle you wanted. That was not important. You just saw yourself riding the bike. That’s the same thing you want to do now.
Just cut to the chase. See yourself on the set, see yourself at the premier and most important see yourself getting a coveted award for your film! Yes, create the vision of the future you want then feel it, believe it, and know in your heart this is your future.
Now you have renewed vigor to get up each day and keep developing your project. It can become part of you. It is not a dream; it is a reality.
Let the Child in You Be Your Advisor
This very moment is the time to sit down and book 15 minutes a day for daydreaming time. Yes! Let Google remind you that it is time to turn off your cell, get into a nice quiet place, sit up straight, quiet your mind then start living the future you want by daydreaming.
You are a filmmaker so create stories of how you find the world’s greatest director of photography who can do incredible shots for you. Stories of how you attached the best actors and what joy that brought to you and your crew.
Use your daydreaming time to bring your film to life. Find that child within and let it loose. Let the child in you become your advisor, your advocate.
The best filmmakers on the planet let their little child create their future. It has an unencumbered belief system that all things are possible and believe me, they are!
Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers the Roy W. Dean Film Grants and fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcast, The Art of Film Funding, interviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film production. She is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts. See IMDB for producing credits