DWTS, Sadie Robertson, Up and Elephants?

The judges on Dancing with the Stars got it wrong this week!  Mark Ballas and Sadie Robertson performed a waltz in the characters of Carl and Ellie Fredricksen, from Disney Pixar’s Up, for “movie week”.  The dance was fCarl and Ellieun, told the story in a short period of time, was perfectly performed, (to my untrained eye) and received 8’s across the board.  What?  If any of the dances in Week 3 deserved perfect 10’s, this was it!  Then again, I may be biased, Up is my favorite movie.

Up was the first movie that we took our daughter to see in a movie theater.  I have to admit, that we picked it because it was the only “kids” movie playing in the local theater and I really had no idea what it was about.  I remember the sequence at the beginning of the movie, when they fell in love, built huge dreams together, grew old together and then, POOF, Ellie was gone before any of their dreams had come to fruition.  I’m glad the theater was dark.  I came for what I thought was going to be a cute kids movie, and then BAM, within the first ten minutes, my biggest fear was being played out right on the screen by animated characters.  Those feelings came back as I watched Sadie and Mark dancing on Monday night.

I don’t think that I am alone.  We all create and fashion dreams as big as elephants, and that is a good feeling, but then we realize that elephants can run a lot faster than you would think, especially when being pursued.

From the moment you create your “elephant”, it takes off running in the other direction.  The first thing you need to do is move towards it.  This is where most of these animals get away and disappear over the horizon.  We doubt our preparedness and our capabilities and do not even give it a go.  Take the first step, whether you are ready or not, it will be worth it.

Once you move toward your dream, get it to stop running.  If you chase after the elephant in a passionate, yet haphazard manor, you will run out of stamina and he will keep moving farther away.  Be passionate, but have a plan. Thinking about the moment you catch him is not enough, but this is where most peoples passions lie.  Be passionate about the plan, focus each step, and make sure everything that you do moves you closer to him.  I have met a lot of people that work very hard to obtain their goals, but never move forward.  This is because their work is not harnessed into the constraints of a plan, so what they actually do is a lot of “busy-work” that has little effect in moving them closer to their goal.  Insert cliche here:


Have you ever noticed that elephants, as big as they are, are always seen in herds?  Do you know why that is?  Protection.  Take a hint and get your own “herd”,  create a true Mastermind Alliance.  Surround yourself with people that are intent on helping your reach your goals, and in return, be as passionate to helping them achieve theirs. When you get to a point in your plan that doesn’t make sense or you can’t figure it out, bounce it off your Mastermind.  It is amazing, when two or more minds come together for one purpose, the solutions that it produces.  No matter how great we see ourselves, each of us has weaknesses and faults, a mastermind alliance can help you strengthen those areas, so you can focus on your individual assets in which you excel, propelling you towards your goal.

Lastly, and most importantly, when your are in your struggle to catch that elephant, remember you are on an adventure and enjoy it.  Very few people realize that it is not the dream that gives our lives meaning, it is the journey we take to get to there.  When you realize this, that elephant will stop in it’s tracks, turn around and will walk over to you, gently.

To your online success,

Jim Neal



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