A week or so ago as I listened to the Joe Rogan Podcast episode that featured Robert Downey Jr (who I have learned refers to himself as Bob), I heard something that has really been sticking with me. The two were on the topic of acting and playing certain roles in movies – when Bob mentioned something that he uses on set to be as good of an actor as he is.
He said that the most important thing to remember on set is not the lines or the placement in the shot. It is not the cues or the movements.
He reminds himself – ‘What is your action?’
In the sense of acting it means what your character is truly doing.
Not just running.. but attempting to escape from a otherworldly being that is chasing after you.
Not just crying..but mourning the loss of a loved one.
Obviously I am not an actor, but this is something that I – and all of you – can bring with us to work, to the house, to family gatherings, to community service, the list is never ending.
If you truly think about what your action is supposed to be, it will make it 10x easier for you as well as make you more effective.
As most of you already know, I am currently a high school teacher. My action every day is not to be a teacher.
My action is to transform the lives of young people. My action is to provide them with the knowledge and the tools they will need to succeed in life.
As an auto mechanic your action is not simply to change a tire. Your action is to make someone’s vehicle work properly and keep them safe when they are using it.
See the difference?
Stop thinking of things in such a literal sense and begin to find the meaning behind what you are doing.
If you find yourself sluggishly making your way through the day at work – remind yourself of your true action.
What is your action?