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Procrastination Required for Filmmaker Success?

Andy is a burgeoning, talented independent filmmaker who has investors for his first two movies. He honed his craft and learned the business working for other companies. He came to me concerned that he was spending too much time procrastinating and wanted to find out what was going on in his subconscious to create the issue.

Before starting the MindMafia session, we explored why he thought he was procrastinating. At first, he thought it was because his father often procrastinated on big projects or because his uncle had modeled it for him. Then he mentioned that it might be fear of success. I could tell he was concerned and grasping at straws to determine why he was unfocused and not making the progress he thought he should be. When we entered the MindMafia session, I asked which part of Andy’s subconscious or psyche was contributing to the procrastination. Immediately, a subpersonality called “success” identified itself. When asked why it was causing Andy to put off working on his films, it responded with, “It is a pacing mechanism.” Then it continued, “He worked himself out of a job at his last company. I want to make sure that he uses his time wisely and doesn’t get ahead of himself. He only has funding for two films, one is completed and the second is almost complete. He needs to work toward the official release date and wait for funds from the sale of the first film before he starts his next.” Indeed, Andy had been let go of his previous position because he created several films for his bosses – enough for a year’s worth of releases and they had a backlog of work to edit, package and distribute.

After the session, we debriefed by exploring what this information meant for Andy and how he could use it to his advantage. Armed with the knowledge that procrastination was helping him to stay on target with a fixed deadline and that it officially is caused by the part of his subconscious most concerned with his success, he can relax and enjoy the time his psyche urges him to procrastinate.

A few weeks later, I spoke with Andy and he said, “Now I don’t feel so bad for ‘pacing’ myself and can use that wasted energy from “worrying” all of the time into channeling more creativity when I’m focusing on work and have more worry-free fun when I’m procrastinating!”

Is Your MindMafia Running Your Business?

Some people call it the “committee in their heads” while others call it the “boardroom” in their heads or simply the voices in their heads or on their shoulders. The reality is that there are an entire group of people – a family – residing in your psyche and they are controlling everything you do, including the way you think, feel, and often act.

I call them the MindMafia because they are an underground group of “people” or voices sharing an organizational structure and code of conduct within you. There is the ego, the protector, the pusher, the child, the mother and father and a whole host of other subpersonalities that control you. And each is an important part of your make up.

If you’re procrastinating, it’s likely because there’s a voice in your head causing it. I worked with a filmmaker recently who kept procrastinating (see Procrastination Required for Filmmaker Success?) and he was beating himself up and his business was suffering because of it. We work with this part and it immediately identified itself as being responsible for his success. That was a surprise to him because it felt like it was doing the opposite – it felt like it was sabotaging him.

As we progressed, we learned that it was teaching this client to pace himself so that he wouldn’t burn himself out or burn through the money he had in his account. Profound shift in understanding why this part of him MindMafia was slowing him down – he was only interpreting it as procrastination.

In pyschological circles, these subpersonalities have been known for years and there are various methods to attempt to identify, understand and work with these entities. Inspired by a particular method called Voice Dialogue that has been around for over 40 years, I developed the MindMafia Mapping Method as a system for identifying, understanding the roles each of these subpersonalities play, how much control they exert over you and, more importantly, a method for negotiating with each of these “people” to change their roles, if they are willing.

This is extremely powerful work that can change your life in an instant, much like hypnosis. But unlike most hypnotic methods, you are completely awake and aware during the entire process.

My MindMafia includes my ego, vulnerable child, magical child, baron (pusher), guardian, cynic and critic to just name a few. Who comprises your MindMafia and how are they running your business?

Why is organizational change so difficult?

Most executives and leaders want some kind of change in their businesses, but struggle with all sorts of approaches, advice or options while rarely making change stick long term. We’ve all been there and think change is really difficult.

The truth is that most leaders don’t know how change works!  Change happens on seven levels and you must work on several levels to ensure that change can happen. The levels are:

  1. Subconscious / Spirit
  2. Identity
  3. Beliefs & Values
  4. Thoughts
  5. Capabilities & Skills
  6. Behaviors
  7. Environmental

In your organization, which of these levels require the change? Are you focusing your efforts, resources and attention on the appropriate levels of change? Most organizations try to change at the behavioral level, but behaviors are built from the way we think, our beliefs and our identities. They may also be controlled by our subconscious, which, until now, has been difficult to access. (See the MindMafia Mapping Method for more information on accessing the subconscious.)

So, the next time you want change, take an inventory of what must change and which levels of change are required to maximize your time and investment.  And if your identity of being a good leader the status quo in critical areas, you’ll need to envision a new identity that embraces and supports the change long term.

Special note: If you require change on ANY level, the levels below it must also change in some way.