If you’re like me, you’ve learned a lot of life lessons from doing improv. The ideology of being committed may seem simplistic, but I can tell you that it can apply just as easily to your everyday life. You can choose to be committed to having a full, good life. Like Improv you just have to set your intention to having a good life and commit to what it is that you want to do, and you do it.
Here are some things that you can focus on that will help you get committed to having a good life when you are living day to day, moment to moment:
1) Eye Contact – Connect with other people. They are the reason you do what you do. You are on this planet to take the talents that you have an serve other people.
2) Emotion – Be passionate about everything that you do. If you don’t choose to be passionate about everything that you do then you’re just wasting time and taking up space. Life is short. Don’t waste it by just going through the motions. Choose to be passionate and you can change the world.
3) React – Pay attention to other people and reward them for their attention and efforts. Be grateful for the people in your life and the love, praise and attention that they give to you. You can’t improvise alone and you can’t live a good life alone. We need people in our lives both onstage and off.
4) Be Fearless – Don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams. If you don’t pursue your dreams then you are robbing the world of the great person that you are and the person you want to be. And if the dream is too big, then break it down into steps and just take it one step at a time. (I’ve just decided that this will be the topic of my next blog post!)
Get committed, just for today, and see what happens! Just for today try to be committed and passionate about everything that you do. Just for today focus on others (your scene partners in life) and be grateful for the gifts that they give you. Just for today give back to the people around you and be fearless by not worrying about the results. Get committed and see what happens. See if you are rewarded by the improv force. And if nothing else, you and Chewy will have a great ride along the way!
Written by Tom Booker