I admit it; I love credits. I remain in the theater with the other credit freaks watching the names going by looking for people I might know, job positions I may or may not recognize, where the film was shot, and who wrote the music. It’s a line that’s drawn I know, between those that do and those that don’t, and I’m not afraid to admit I am team “watch the credits”. I get a thrill thinking about the people behind the magic of movie making, and the reminder that it really is an artisanal process no matter how many computers were involved. And sometimes I even get a sneak peek of a sequel as a reward for sitting through the credits. Score!
But I wonder, why do credits exist at all?
The people involved got paid didn’t they, its their job, so what’s the need for further recognition and the expense it probably takes to create a credit sequence?
It’s the power and importance of acknowledgement. And as human beings, we need to be acknowledged for what we do to be meaningful and to be inspired, creative, and experience fulfillment.
We often spend so much time planning out our next move, thinking about what’s next or what’s wrong that we don’t take time to reflect on all that we have achieved.
What if we celebrated our own progress, handed out praise for a job we’ve done well, or gave ourselves credit when credit was due? How would that impact our success going forward and open our world up to greater possibilities in our career and our lives?
I think its challenging at the very least and may be impossible to explore a new venture, start a different career, go boldly into that new position if we don’t launch off of our successes and have the confidence that comes from self-acknowledgement. Self-acknowledgement is owning what’s true about you, it’s the recognition of your qualities and capabilities and having the confidence to take ownership of what you contribute.
So here’s a suggestion for you, something I have done many times; write yourself a letter of acknowledgement. I mean a real letter that goes in an envelope with a stamp and is delivered by the person in the white, blue and red truck. It will come at the perfect time, and I promise you it will lift your spirits and inspire you. It may provide you just the encouragement you need to contact that producer, speak to your boss about that raise, or finally launch that website.
And put it in a holiday card so you’ve got another card to hang on your mantel.
So here’s to all the contributions you’ve made to a great 2017 and to the even more amazing year that lies ahead.
May it be a peaceful healthy year for us all.
See you on set in 2018!