Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tip#200: How To Build Indestructible Optimism - 9 Movies
Defined as impossible to destroy; durable, lasting
The stress and anxiety of unexpected crisis and change can be painful. But you can overcome anything when you develop an optimistic mindset. It will give you x-ray vision to help you see the solutions, options and opportunities hidden right in front of you.
This is the 200th tip on this blog and I am in a state of blissful celebration! I am celebrating this 2 year journey while sipping an equally blissful vanilla bean latte from Second Cup as I write this! This part of my life has been incredibly transformational and I am grateful for all the movies I've seen that helped motivate me.
And this spring was a huge turning point for me. Everything changed when I felt my back up against a wall financially. That triggered a primal energy inside me to aggressively go for what I wanted (see tip#170). I was able to finally refine and implement 3 motivating factors I'd been working on for years to accelerate the process of building an optimistic attitude that was indestructible. Here they are…
Maintaining unshakable faith is incredibly important. You must believe your dreams and goals are attainable AND that you can overcome any life and career challenge. You have to believe that all things are possible. Equally important is you must believe in yourself.
Visualizing the future you want will help you believe. That's why identifying your favourite cinematic role models can accelerate the process. Movie heroes can help you see possible futures you truly desire or the strengths you want to develop.
Here are 3 movie examples to help you believe:
• The Shawshank Redemption
Look at your brain as if it were a computer. There are old programs inside it that have been running on automatic for years. These represent old habits keeping you from moving forward. You have to identify those old programs and delete them. They are taking up valuable head space and energy.
And when you finally delete these old habits it makes room for new positive habits of thinking. Find the courage to step into a new world and let go of ideas and thoughts that no longer serve you.
Here are 3 movies to inspire you to let go of old habits:
• Jerry Maguire
• As Good As It Gets
• Peaceful Warrior
Creating new lasting habits of proactive thinking is achieved through repetition. It's about reprogramming your inner computer with new ways of looking at problems. Use every available resource to continually feed your mind with new ideas and methods you are attracted to: books, articles, audio recordings, online sites, seminars, speakers, movies, music, TV shows, etc.
Here are 3 movies about the benefits of repetition:
• Groundhog Day
• 50 First Dates
• Cast Away
Change can be challenging but practicing a little every day eventually goes a long way. Even now I continue to work on all these 3 factors as if it were a daily workout for my brain.
And when times feel extremely tough what helps lift me up are my passion for movies and the supportive relationships I've cultivated. And, of course, the occasional vanilla bean latte!
So remember the powerful benefits of building an optimistic mindset. You will be able to see that every cloud does have a silver lining. You will see the positives in the negatives. And you will feel a confidence that is indestructible!
Big change is in the air with the current economic climate. I believe we are all in a great time of change on our planet and that building supportive relationships and building an optimistic mindset are key to riding out this change.
Do your best to transform your old ways of thinking and you'll soon be brimming with confidence and optimism!
Other Tips on Optimism:
• Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining: click here
• Believe In Having An Optimistic Mindset: click here
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