Sunday Morning Inspiration – My 2012 Manifesto

This is the perfect video for a New Year’s Day Sunday Morning Inspiration. I’m calling it my “2012 Manifesto” and after you watch it, maybe you will call it your 2012 Manifesto as well. Consider watching it every day this year, that’s what I’ll be doing…

UPDATE 1/3/12

Wow! I’ve got some great friends…

One of them was so moved by this video that he created his own notes from it, to refer to throughout the year.

He also gave me permission to share them with you here, completely unedited…

“Thanks for that Will Smith video link this morning. It’s what I needed as a primer this morning to begin planning for 2012. But I had to have it in writing, so I can review it daily. Here’s my notes, from that interview. Thanks again! And Happy Anniversary!!

Your words and thoughts have physical power

Greatness exists in all of us.

This is what I believe. And I’m willing to die for it. Period.

Don’t make things complex.

Talent vs. skill. Talent’s what you’re born with, skill is developed by hours and hours working on your craft.

Lay one brick at a time. If you’re building “a wall”, you don’t set out to build a wall. You say I’m gonna lay THIS ONE BRICK the best that I can, and soon you’ll have a wall.

Focus on making a difference. If you’re gonna be here, then there is a necessity to make a difference. Make every group you come in contact with, better.

Think: I want to do good. I want the world to be better, because I was here.

If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you are wasting your time. Your life will become better, by making other’s lives better.

Book: “The Alchemist”, by Paolo Cuelho – I can create whatever I wanna create.

YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE! The first step, before anyone else in the world is gonna believe it, is YOU have to believe it.

There is no reason to have a plan B, because it distracts from Plan A!

There is a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have. You have to believe that something different, than what has happened previously, can happen and is gonna happen.

Confusious: He who says he CAN and he who says he can’t, are both right.

Being realistic, is the more commonly traveled road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic? What’s the point of being realistic?

Instead, whatever goal or idea you have, simply think IT’S DONE. The second I decide it is to be, it’s already done. Now we just gotta wait for y’all to see…

Our thoughts, our dreams, our ideas, are physical. If we dream something, if we picture something and we commit ourselves to it, that is a physical thrust toward realization.

There’s a redemptive power, that making a choice has. Rather than feeling like you’re affected by all the things that are happening to you, make a choice, just DECIDE, what its goona, be, who you’re gonna be, how you’re gonna do it. Just DECIDE and from that point, the universe is gonna get out of your way.

FOCUS. Realize that to have the level of success that you wanna have, that its difficult to spread it out and do multiple things. It takes such a desperate, obsessive focus. You’ve got to focus with all of your fiber, all of your heart and all of your creativity.

Attack your fears.

Be willing to die for the truth. The truth is the only thing that’s ever gonna be constant.

Protect your dream. Don’t ever let anyone ever tell you you can’t do something. You got a dream? You gotta protect it. People who can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”

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  • Roger Carr

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    “Your life will become better by making other lives better.” ~Will Smith

    Jeff – Thanks for sharing this video on New Year’s Day morning.

  • Thanks Jeff! What a wonderful gift to wake up to on New Year’s Day! VERY inspirational as I step forward into what I’ve “decided” will be a monumental year. I wish the same for you!

  • Wow! Will Smith always been one of my favorite people because of the way he looks at and lives life. This is a great collection of Will-isms that lead to the life we strive for. He’s walking the walk and I completely admire that. He gives permission to go with your gut without concern for what others say to dampen your dreams or encourage you to fail by suggesting a plan-B. Excellent choice of video for the New Year! Thank you, Jeff. You ROCK! ♥

  • Thank you Jeff for sharing that video. Will Smith is a great person and a real inspiration! What a great way to start 2012!

  • Jeff,

    Love the video! Lots of great nuggets to implement in the coming year. For me, I am committing to a new level of focus and taking action on my primary goals (and NOT thinking about a “plan B”).

    Wishing you an incredible 2012.

  • Love Will’s quotes: “Your life will be better by making other lives better.” and “Work hard and dedicate yourself to getting better every day.” Well said Will Smith. Motivating video. Great inspiration for 2012.

  • Thanks Jeff. This is the kind of information I wish kids could see, not once, but at the beginning of every year. Us big kids too, of course.

    A great and long time friend of mine, Scott-Arthur Allen, has been one of the top acting coaches in the world, and this is the essence of the philosophy he teaches his students. Some have gone on to become doctors instead of actors, or running companies, or being producers, and some stars too, of course. They all say that this philosophy lies at the core of their success.

    Happy New Year to you and your family and to all who read this.

  • Jeff,
    Thank you so much for sharing. What a way to enjoy the first day of 2012. Yesterday I posted a blog – Bridging Our Gaps. In it, I told about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. They started building it – one plank at a time. It analogous to Will Smith talking about laying one brick at one time. Coincidence? I talked also about moments of choices. Will Smith talks my language and I am sure yours. Thank you, again, for sharing with us.
    Happy New Year!

  • Dear Jeff, what a powerful way to begin a new year. Thanks for sharing this energizing message! Hoping you and your admirers have a blessed new year.

    Best in 2012!
    Scott W.

  • FirstPageOf-Google

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    Thank you Jeff, This is inspirational and what I have always thought, I used to call it positive thinking, when I listened to Zig Ziglar, but it’s all the same thing, believe in yourself and make it happen.

  • Laurie

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    Thank you! I just sent this information to my kids.

    Happy New Year as we all Delve into 2012!

  • Dell

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    This is serious inspiration! Just what I needed to hear. Thanks.

    This is MY year!!!

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