Jun 14 2010

Be A Risk Taker – Dream Big


Several months ago when I launched this blog, my goal was to use the list of “Marlene’s B’s” to success as a basis for the discussions. To date, the entries focused primarily on being “Authentic,” which is very important to realizing any dream or goal. Many of you have responded with the great comments and fabulous stories.

Now it is time to BE A RISK TAKER AND DREAM BIG!

Over the last several months I have been involved in a project to take the BWAW initiative to a new level – A TV TALK SHOW. With the help of some amazing, talented women, we now have a pilot, a fabulous 5-minute Teaser video, and a nomination for Best TV Pilot from the 2010 Hoboken International Film Festival. WOW!

We have all heard, or read about the “Law of Attraction” as there are many books and certainly blogs that talk about this topic. The idea is if you think and talk about something you really want, you will eventually attract it. This is indeed what happened with the BWAW TV Pilot. As a five-year host of a TV Talk show on a statewide NJ station News 12, I had the opportunity to interview many notable people, and I loved every minute of it. Couple that with my desire to empower women through the Because We Are Women initiative, and we have a powerful combination. So I consistently talked about how I wanted to be back on TV with a show about women. Like all the messages we receive about attraction, it is already done, you just must keep showing up, so I kept talking about it.

In late October of 2009, Corinna Sager of Lifestyle International Productions attended one of my business workshops – How to introduce yourself at a Networking meeting. She shared her experiences and expertise with us of being a film producer working with many international companies and being the co-producer of a documentary – Ferry Tales – that was nominated for an academy award in 2004. How impressive is that? In the course of our conversation I shared my desire to be back on TV and produce a show about women for women. Corinna’s response to me was, “I would like to work on that with you.”

One thing led to another and a couple of weeks later, two other very accomplished women, Mariana Pagliere and Jilayne Murty of Figure 5 Productions, are sitting around a table talking about how they will put this pilot together. Figure 5 Productions works on national/international government projects, with large corporations and national sports figures like Derek Jeter. In 1992, Figure 5 president Mariana Pagliere was part of a production team nominated for an Academy Award for a Documentary Feature.

Is this a good dream or what? The pilot was filmed in late November 2009, and featured 4-time Olympian, Joetta Clark Diggs, NJ largest Woman Owned Business founder Diane Turton of Diane Turton Realtors, and Magazine publisher Gina LaMore of BOHO Magazine. In June of 2010, thanks to Casandra McManus at Figure 5, our pilot was entered in the Hoboken International Film Festival. Of the 12 to 15 TV pilots entered, we were among the five nominated for an award. WOW!

Now it its time to begin pitching the show! Considering the Law Of Attraction, we must all “Dream Big.” If we are what we think, and we are, all of us and especially me, must not think that we have to approach the smallest networks. We must cast the net very wide, believe, and envision.

I was watching a lecture from Dr. Wayne Dyer recently, in which he said the same thing. He said close your eyes, envision yourself in the situation you want to be in, your dream, and then feel the emotion. Stay in that moment and really acknowledge the feeling so that you can remember it. Every time you get that little voice that shouts negative thoughts, go back the feeling you experienced when you saw yourself living your dream.

Back in 2004 when I was launching BWAW, I did just that. I would close my eyes and see the room full, watching myself walk across the stage. There were 150 people at the first BWAW event. It was a great accomplishment, and I had many angels who helped.

So I am closing my eyes and seeing myself on TV. I envision the incredibly talented BWAW Production Team in the state-of-the-art-studio that we will use to produce the shows. I see the purple and teal lights, the accomplished women sharing their stories, the Inner-Circle audience engaged and encouraged, and a viewing audience that is inspired and empowered. I see national sponsors, special events across the country, and some opportunities to reach women on an international stage.

Of course, along with this dream is that emotional rollercoaster and the feeling of anxiety. I must remember the article that I read many years ago in Success Magazine about “Risk.”

It said, “If there is no anxiety then the risk you are taking is not worthy of you because you are not taking any risk at all.”

What that means is that every time you step out of your comfort zone, you will feel some pangs of anxiety. But that is okay! What I have found when that happens is to just stay in the moment, take one step at a time and keep moving forward. Then the anxiety will subside.

DREAM BIG! Be A Risk Taker. What do you have to lose? If you don’t take the risk and follow your dream, you could lose your self-respect, self-esteem, self-confidence and many other things that will erode your ability to be who you really are.

Be smart about the risk you are taking, don’t just jump off the cliff – but dream it big and go for it! You will be surprised what will happen.

Okay, now it is your turn. Tell me your big dream! I can’t wait to hear all about it, and just think, you might attract someone who will help you make it come true.

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  1. Laura

    What a wonderful reminder for Monday morning! Thank you. I love that you point out the risk of what we can/do LOSE if we don’t take the discomfort of risking to follow our dreams. Too often we can let life happen to us and losing your own self-confidence and self esteem is a huge price to pay.

  2. Marlene

    Thanks Laura for taking the time to read it. Although it is not always easy, we must keep moving forward.

  3. MJPhoto

    YES! YES! Great post love it…and I just have to share this quote also because I do believe it’s true and valid to the topic.
    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to followyour heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”-Steve Jobs

    Dream big but don’t just dream any dream for the sake of dreaming DREAM YOUR DREAM….

  4. Marlene

    Fantastic!!!!! Nothing could be more true. Then of course, look at who said it. I particularly love the part – Don’t let the noise of others……. – which is unfortunately what we do all too often.

    Thank you for commenting.

  5. Katherine Metcalf

    I am dreaming BIG right now! I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction-it works!
    I am blessed to do work that I am passionate about, it has not been an easy road but rather a winding path filled with aha moments! Many of us just don’t fit the traditional corporate mold. I took a risk when I closed a successful brokerage business to follow my heart and the stars!
    I use Astrology and intuition to guide clients on their unique paths.
    My business is doing well but I desire to assist more people with the right advise and right connections.
    With these changing and challenging times, people are seeking answers and guidance from alternative sources.
    I want to make sure the people they turn to are ethical and professional.
    My newest venture is The Conscious Community; an on line referral of some of the best, ethical Metaphysical Practitioners in Arizona. My goal is to get established here and spread across the US.
    I would love to be featured on your show-so that we can create an even bigger Conscious Community!
    Katherine Metcalf

  6. Marlene

    HI Katherine, thanks for the comment. I find the entire Metaphysical experience fascinating.

    I just had my angel cards read with some fascinating insights. Hope it all comes true.

    Regarding the show, we are looking for TV Development directors who could be interested in a show like this. Would love to have you on it.

  7. Carol King

    Wonderful, uplifting post. I so agree with everything you said, particularly about the need to feel a certain level of discomfort for a dream to be worthy. I certainly felt that discomfort when I left a full time job teaching culinary arts at a cooking school, to follow my passion of becoming an author. I love what I do now and I am so happy that I took that leap of faith.

  8. San Diego video production

    Thanks for sharing! nowadays There is so much confusion surrounding this topic and there’s a lot of different advice about good practices. Thanks for helping to make sense of it. Your opinions are appreciated.

    Keep Rockin!


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