When you start going down a path towards developing your filmmaking and your business, you’re going to want to focus a lot on your mindset. We’re not just talking positive thinking here.

We’re going to look at focusing on overall self-development.

You will come to rely on developing yourself as you carry on this journey. You’ll hit road-blocks and you’ll need to develop your skills and yourself further if you want to pass them. Look, this can be hard stuff. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.

We’re going to work on Getting Your Mind Right.

Your mind is everything. I’m sure you’ve heard that before. As with all endeavors in life, the first step can also be the most difficult and frustrating. Starting a business and making money with your filmmaking is no different. Looking inward and asking ourselves questions that we’ve, in some cases, been avoiding for a long time can be daunting at first.

Roll with the punches.

It’s your first test.

Getting Your Mind Right is also the most critical, as it impacts and informs every other step of the journey. You’ll be working with aspects in this post that are integral and interrelated to the rest of what I talk about here on Filmmaking Lifestyle.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

When I first started learning this stuff, back in the days when I was still trying to get my video production business setup, I focused purely on techniques. I wanted to learn every fast tactic and quick-fix trick that I could to succeed with business and filmmaking.

It was almost like instead of learning the components of a book that might change my life, I wanted the Cliff Note’s version written by someone with a short attention span and a propensity for being brief. Instead of learning principles and rules, I wanted tricks.

This isn’t how we’re going to do it. I’m not going to let you make that mistake.

I could give you a million techniques right now, but you wouldn’t be a better filmmaker and business-person. It wouldn’t make you have a better video production business.

Maybe you might have a bit of success using a get-rich quick tactic that you read in a random book. Maybe you could find some kind of success with that. That, however, is a fleeting kind of success.

Is that the kind of success you want?

That isn’t what we’re about here.

In order to become a successful at anything, we need to first start at the beginning and build a strong, confident you. We’re going to start with your mind and work outward from there, branching out into other areas as your confidence develops.

The mind guides every process in our body. If we can learn to control our minds, we get massive control over everything else. As you’ll come to see, Confidence is Critical.

This post will be your starting point, your touchstone for the successful person that you’re going to grow into. Yes, this is all about growth. What we talk about at Filmmaking Lifestyle is about coming into who you are and becoming the person you were meant to be. Without the understandings in this post, the rest of the posts on this site would have less understanding for you and no real grounding.

I don’t say that lightly.

Mastering these areas of self-development and really getting confident is the place from which everything else starts.

This post will help you to Get Your Mind Right, so that everything else that you do makes sense and becomes a part of you naturally.

THE P WORD – I’M SURE YOU’VE HEARD IT BEFORE

I’m sure me telling you to “Be Positive” is nothing knew to you. You’ve read about that in every magazine, self help book and personal development website you’ve ever seen.

But I can’t write a post like this with using the P word.

You need to learn about positivity because it’s the best way to move through the world, and it will be at the heart of everything we do in our lives and careers.

You need to learn about your mind and the good (and bad) tricks you play on yourself because these things will inform or detract from anything that you attempt to do in your life and career.

You’ll have to accept yourself and work on your self-esteem because we’re going to be tackling things that require a toughness of heart and mind and character. In fact, self-esteem is needed for nearly everything that I’m going to discuss on Filmmaking Lifestyle – both overcoming any negative views you might have about business and making money and pushing towards the positives.

I say it a lot on this blog, but Hustle is something that’s so underrated in success in filmmaking and business. By learning exactly why you need to work hard, you can develop ways to play harder.

Once we have these things down, we’re ready to move onto the next level of subjects that I’ll be covering on this blog, where more complex concepts are examined and where we’ll be able to see more clearly into the rabbit hole.

By this point, you’ll have such a strong view of your reality, the world around you and your place in it that things will start to make a lot more sense – everything looks more impressive from a higher position.

WHAT OUTCOME ARE WE SEEKING

The most important thing we can do is to know our outcome. Once you know what you want, and you have a clear cut idea of what it is, then attaining it is not an accident.

You see, a lot of people know what to do. Many people know what to do. But knowing what to do is not enough, we need to know how to do it. When you combine the what with the how, you start creating magic.

Secondly, you need to start paying attention to make sure that what you’re doing it bringing you closer to your outcome. If it isn’t, then you must change what you’re doing. Albert Einstein said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Thirdly, know that flexibility of behaviour is key. Flexibility allows us to do things in different ways – to enable us to see that there’s more than one way of doing things.

This is powerful.

Those who have flexibility get results. Learn to think outside of the box and avoid being too attached to your ways. The more flexibility you have, the more successful you’re going to be.

Remember, you don’t always need to try harder. That’s a big misconception in the whole self-development and business game. It may sound very noble to always tell people to “try harder,” but the truth of the matter is that isn’t always the case. Sometimes you don’t have to try harder, you just need to try something else.

…BACK TO ACTION

Finally, every piece of advice you read isn’t going to do you any good if you don’t take action. I could go on about this all day and it still won’t do the point justice – action is imperative. It should become your lifeblood.

You should idolize those instances where you take action, and despise those where you dont.

You should begin to admire those people around you who take action. You’ll also start to find that more and more of the people around you are starting to take action. Is this because the people around you are changing? Because they’re different people or because they’ve changed? Or are you just noticing things differently? Or are you finding better people to be around?

So with that said concerning our outcomes, we need to talk about the outcomes we’re specifically looking for. As you’re moving forwards with your journey, and you carry on reading posts right here on this blog, keep a focus on these and make sure you’re getting these outcomes (and more):

  • You’ll gain a clear perspective of how Confidence operates both in your life and the lives of others, as well as how you can put confidence into your corner to work for you.
  • You’ll learn exactly how powerful your mind is, and how to avoid common pitfalls that many people fall into when trying to get good at filmmaking and business.
  • A strong understanding of hustle and actual actions that you’ve taken to put your foot to the floor and actively engaging your inner hustle.

Thanks for reading!