I watch a lot of interviews because I believe they give a behind the scenes look at people’s lives and circumstances. It’s similar to what Andy Andrews shares about autobiographies, no one ever wrote an autobiography who didn’t succeed. The same can be true for interviews, only those who overcome challenges (I’m not referring to celebrities, it’s all walks of life) get interviewed.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s new movie “Stronger” about Jeff Bauman who survived the Boston Marathon bombing was the focus of the interview. When asked about his process he shared advice from an acting teacher, “The target draws forth the arrow”. What do you think about when you read that statement? It shouldn’t be a surprise that when I heard the quote I jumped for a pad and paper because these words of wisdom will make you think about how you take on life’s challenges.
When faced with a life challenge, especially a chronic or life-threatening illness there is a primary target…wellness! It’s similar to the saying Keep Your Eye on the Prize! When we have a target to focus on, we are given something to aim our physical, emotional, and spiritual energies.
The doctor gives us the target. The moment you hear the words “I’m sorry to tell you but…” you become an arrow. You are summoned to take aim and make conscious decisions. It will take the momentum you absorb from friends, family, medication, and faith to propel yourself toward the target.
There is something empowering about picturing yourself as an arrow, moving with force and speed toward a desired outcome. My ongoing reminder is, you may not get well, but you can always get better. Remember a target has rings with the bulls-eye in the center. What do the outer rings mean to you? What if you don’t hit a bulls-eye the first time or ever? What level of comfort do you have focusing on other aspects of your life if wellness isn’t in the cards?
I hope when picturing yourself as the arrow, you equate it with being a real-life superhero. Your journey is unique to you! The outcomes may or may not be within your control, but where do you have control? You have control over your determination, perseverance, and attitude. You have the right to create a relationship with your doctor that is both respectful and honest.
We will all have targets that arise in our lives because challenge is part of the human experience. The arrow you become shapes your narrative. Your narrative is the force behind your momentum…keep it going!