Discover Secrets to Persist for Your Dream

Tom Marcoux plays a keyboard in a recording studio.

Tom Marcoux plays a keyboard in a recording studio.

Everybody was against Disneyland: Walt Disney’s wife, his brother/business partner Roy O. Disney and the board of directors. Still, Walt Disney persisted. How? Two things. We begin with “want power.”

1. Connect with your Want Power

A lot of people talk about willpower. Often, they say, “I’d lose weight if I just had more willpower.” There’s something stronger. It’s “want power.” What do you really want? If you look deep, it’s really a matter of a feeling you truly want to experience.

So what feelings do you really want to experience?

Disneyland is a show. . . . Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. – Walt Disney

By the way, this is the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland. Thank you, Walt for your persistence. Here is my video celebrating Walt Disney’s Strategy for Success:

Imagine loving what you do. I made my first film at nine years old, and I have been a storyteller ever since. Currently, my team and I are working on my trilogy of graphic novels Jack AngelSword (and ultimately a series of feature films). What gets me to work many days in a row, including weekends? Want power. I want to experience the joy of collaboration. I want to hear the laughter of an audience responding to a film I make–or a speech I give.

Identify what you really want and find your unique source of personal energy.

As an Executive Coach, I help my clients connect with what they want in their hearts. From this base of powerful energy, we work together to make a strategic plan. And then I support the client as he or she takes effective, consistent action.

So the process is: Want Power –> Plan –> Effective Action –> Goals accomplished.

2. Listen and Feel Your Intuition

Where does the energy to persist come from? Your heart and your intuition.

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 others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs

Your intuition is uniquely your own. No one can really tell you what steps or path will really work. Why? Because it comes from your heart.

I dream for a living. – Steven Spielberg

Many of my projects–a film, a science fiction graphic novel (TimePulse), an audio program up on iTunes–begin with an intuitive thought and feeling. It’s like a momentary “dream.” It’s really a vision of how I’ll serve some form of audience and how I’ll feel good while creating the project.

If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney

So take a moment. What do you dream of? What would you enjoy doing? Don’t just think of some “reward.” What activity would be a reward in itself, that is, what activity would feel rewarding as you do it?

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. – Steve Jobs

One of the “matters in my heart” is a musical that I’m writing and composing. [You can see me at the keyboard in a recording studio — in the photo that accompanies this article.]

I’m setting this musical in San Francisco, the city of my birth and many years of my life. I’ve written a significant portion of this musical thus far. My intuition lets me know that a number of people could be moved by both the music and topics in the musical. This project is something that I tinker with as time permits. I’m more focused on serving people as an effective Executive Coach and Spoken Word Strategist. Still, I keep making progress on my musical.

What type of creativity arises from your heart?

Let’s continue with Steve Jobs’ comment: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

I have a couple of friends who say, “Not everyone can be a Steve Jobs.”

That may be true.

However, I’ve noticed that the people who feel really alive are the ones who put their heart into their work.

And what about this comment “Not everyone can be a Steve Jobs”? What is that? Could it be, for some people, just an excuse to avoid digging deep and finding their own purpose and joyful way of approaching life?

We also face the reality that not everyone is going to do passionate work for a living. And that’s okay. Margaret, a poet, may make no money writing poetry. She may work as an administrative assistant to support herself and her son. What if her friend Sarah says, “Why don’t you stop writing poetry and learn to write technical manuals? You can make money doing that.”?

Instead, let’s leave it to Sarah to find her way of living with joyful moments each day. Let each one of us live a life of creativity and expressing ourselves.

Imagine an orange in your hand. You cannot get the juice if you do not squeeze.

How do you get the “juice of life”? Two things: Connect with your Want Power and listen to your intuition.

When you do that, you open up a new chapter–an empowering and invigorating chapter– of your life.


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Tom Marcoux,

Speaker-author of 27 books (with free chapters on )
Executive Coach
Spoken Word Strategist
Author of Nothing Can Stop You This Year!: How to Unleash Your Hidden Power to Persuade Well, Get More Done, Gain Sudden Profits, Command Intuition and Feel Great (Free Chapter when you CLICK HERE )
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