Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tip#929: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 3 - Aliens

I’ll always remember the first time I saw Alien when it opened in theatres in 1979. It was a stunning Sci Fi horror film that featured a new kind of female action hero. Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, was tough, confident and resilient! Ripley would appear in four Alien movies and have an amazing scene in Alien: Resurrection where she slam dunked a basketball behind her back and without any special effects! See: behind the scenes clip

In 2009, Entertainment Weekly ranked Ripley 5th on their list of The 20 All Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture, calling her "one of the first female movie characters who isn't defined by the men around her, or by her relationship to them". This is one of the many reasons why I feel she is a fantastic cinematic role model for inner strength. Since Ripley’s appearance she had paved the way for more memorable female action heroes that include Sarah Connors in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games series and Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.

See: The 20 All Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture
See: What Fury Road’s Furiosa Really Owes to Alien’s Ellen Ripley
See: The 50 most daring film roles for women since Ripley

Aliens (1986)

The science fiction action horror drama film, Aliens, is the second installment in the Alien series featuring Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) returning to the planet where her ship’s crew died facing a deadly alien creature. She joins a Colonial Marine unit as an advisor but soon takes on a leadership role once they face an attack of countless aliens. Riveting and relentless action unfolds in this exciting chapter to the series! See: movie trailer


"I will never leave you. That's a promise."
 Aliens (1986)

Despite dealing with post traumatic stress at the start of the film, Ripley’s innate leadership skills, courage and resourcefulness activates when the need arises. And though initially faced with judgmental attitudes from the male dominate marines they later respect her once she puts her skills into action.

At the same time Ripley demonstrates a loving maternal quality as she discovers and protects an orphaned little girl. I believe it is this balance of masculine and feminine qualities that make her an outstanding cinematic role model. Ripley is an inspiring female action hero who clearly demonstrates excellence in courage, resilience, team spirit and indestructible optimism!

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Passion
• Persistence & Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• Leadership & Teamwork

Be inspired by strong women in the movies. Let them mirror your own abilities and potential. Let their outstanding skills, talents and actions motivate you to be the best person you can be at work and in your life!

Related Tips:
Tip#754: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 1 - Belle 
Tip#860: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 2 - Spy 
Tip#929: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 3 - Aliens
Tip#501: How Women in Movies Inspire a Leadership Mindset 

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A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Movie Blogger
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2016

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Tip#928: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 4 - Hector and the Search for Happiness

I recently had a good cry after having a big epiphany for revealing a possible source for my reoccurring depression symptoms. It was further proof for me that these physical symptoms like heaviness in my arms and legs could be solved through psychological studies, spiritual and metaphysical teachings. Thanks to my friend, client and colleague Steffi Black (see Steffi Black Coaching), she’s been providing amazing resources and support.

As I’ve been documenting on this blog, the two Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programs I completed last year helped me go deep into my childhood to identify and reprogram core beliefs causing depression symptoms. I’ve been wanting to go deeper and a few weeks ago Steffi recommended a video meditation by life coach and intuitive healer, Christine Marie Sheldon. It has been helping me remember more of my childhood. She says that the core block imprints somewhere between age 0 to 7. She says that if core blocks are not dealt with then reoccurring issues with abundance related to money, relationships and health will continue to persist. See 30 min. video: How To Attract Abundance With Energy Clearing

At the same time I’d been listening to the audio book, Heal the Hurt That Sabotages Your Life by Bill Ferguson. The book really gets you to face and embrace key hidden beliefs such as worthlessness, shame and guilt. These blocks relate to emotions that weren’t expressed growing up and needs to be released or they will do damage to you physically and mentally. This book, as well as Christine’s teachings, guided me to face forgotten memories that may be the core cause of my 20+ years experience with depression. One aspect and epiphany has to do with childhood bullying.

This story leading to my epiphany is actually detailed so I’ll share more in the future. For now I will say that I uncovered specific memories of being bullied numerous times by other school kids who’d pin me down on the ground with their knees and body. I believe this could be the core imprint of memories and sensations causing the heaviness I feel in my arms, legs and body during depression periods. The clinical term for this is psychomotor retardation and this experience always reminds me of the patients in the 1990 film Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. Thankfully my symptoms are not as severe as in the movie.

When I shared these bully memories with Steffi I suddenly started crying. I felt myself holding back but she encouraged me to release the tears. It was a profound moment and felt grateful I had a friend who believed that my tears were vital and would release trapped emotions. And hopefully this helps free the core block to my mental health and physical disabilities. Time will tell. I did feel better after having a good cry though.

Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

The comedy drama film, Hector and the Search for Happiness, is about a quirky psychiatrist named Hector (Simon Pegg) who feels he has a humdrum life and is not helping his patients improve their lives. To find a solution he goes on a journey around the world to research and document the meaning of happiness. This film is filled with funny scenes, heartfelt moments as well as many insights for achieving the state of happiness. See: movie trailer


This movie is also about how Hector reconnects with his inner child and releases trapped emotions. Throughout the film you get clues about a pet dog and it relating to something traumatic that happened to Hector as a child. There is also a wonderful moment where Hector is listening to one of his patients, Anjali (Veronica Ferres), an intuitive healer who predicts he will go on a journey. During this scene adult Hector suddenly becomes child Hector (Jakob Davies). Hearing about this news excited Hector’s inner child!

With the help of neuroscientist, Professor Coreman (Christopher Plummer), Hector has a breakthrough in releasing trapped emotions and blocks. It is an emotional and cathartic moment and it makes me cry every time I see it. This scene and the happy times that follow for Hector represents the end results of what I hope for in my current journey. Movies, once again, re-energized my indestructible optimism!

There are so many options and roads for healing that you can choose on your life journey. Just follow your intuition and gut about which ones you’d like to explore. Let movies inspire you to find the courage to go into the dark parts of yourself and embrace them to set yourself free. And remember having a good cry may be exactly what your inner child needs right now.

Related Tips on Your Inner Child:
Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies 
Tip#909: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 2 - The Little Prince 
Tip#917: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 3 - Joy 
Tip#928: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 4 - Hector and the Search for Happiness

Related Tips on Releasing Trapped Emotions:
Tip#692: Have a Good Cry at the Movies, Part 1 – Shadowlands
Tip#836: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 2 - E-Motion
Tip#837: Be Open to Magical Messages, Part 2 – Song of the Sea
Tip#839: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 3 - Trapped Emotions – Pleasantville
Tip#912: The Power of Emotional Release - Supergirl – Creed

Related Tips on Bullying:
Tip#473: How To Feel Good When You Feel Horrible - Horrible Bosses
Tip#817: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 6 – The Imitation Game
Tip#860: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 2 - Spy

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Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Movie Blogger
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Tip#927: Increasing Mental Health Awareness - Bell Let’s Talk Day – 15 Uplifting Movie Quotes for Depression

On January 27, 2016 it was Bell Let’s Talk Day where Bell Canada helped increase mental health awareness and over $6 million from donating 5 cents per call, text, tweet and share. That’s a total of 125,915,295 interactions! Celebrities like William Shatner posted tweets and Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her 53.2 million followers.

A personal irony and synchronicity for me was that last year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day it was the same day I had an appointment with CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) to get help with SAD (seasonal affective disorder). That’s when I was re-diagnosed with dysthymia also known as persistent depressive disorder. I was in shock for days because I slowly began to realize this diagnosis explained over 15 years of mental pain and suffering I’d endured.

Since then I have documented on this blog the solutions and clinical support that are helping me manage the depression symptoms as I also share my story and movies that helped me in my motivational presentations. On Bell Let’s Talk Day I posted 15 uplifting movie quotes and movie trivia with the thought that someone in pain may read them and feel better in their own struggles.

Here is how my posts and images appeared on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin along with the hashtag for Bell and tags for two mental health organizations I support, Healthy Minds Canada and Art With Impact.

#JKRowling created the Dementors after her experience with #depression #HarryPotter #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

#InsideOut is the greatest all ages movie about #depression #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact #Disney #Pixar 

“I need to believe that something extraordinary is possible.” 
#ABeautifulMindmovie #BellLetsTalk #mentalhealth @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.” 
#RockyBalboa #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“I’m happy to report & you’ll be happy to hear, I’m taking life one game at a time.”
#WreckItRalph #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“You always fear what you don’t understand.” 
#BatmanBegins #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Above all, don’t lose hope.” 
#LifeofPiMovie #BellLetsTalk Day #mentalhealth @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“You treat a disease, you win you lose. You treat a person I'll guarantee you'll win.” 
#PatchAdams #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” #ShawshankRedemption #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise.” #CastAway #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“I call myself a Peaceful Warrior because the battles we fight are on the inside.” 
#PeacefulWarrior #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Don’t hide. Live. Follow the sun, you’ll make it to tomorrow.” 
#TheCroods #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless.” 
#Titanic #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out.” 
 #TheMartian #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

“You're not a bad person. You're a very good person who bad things have happened to.” 
#HarryPotter #BellLetsTalk @Healthy_Minds @ArtWithImpact 

Many of these posts got retweeted and the three that got the most retweets were the quotes from Harry Potter, The Croods and Patch Adams. The Patch Adam quote also received enthusiastic comments and I wonder if it's because it also touched on the memory of Robin Williams who lost his life due to mental illness.

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness please remember that no one is alone in their struggle. It may feel utterly hopeless and that’s where social support is important the most. There is help right now if you are open to reaching out and receiving it!

Related Tips:
Tip#855: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 1 - Depression & Mental Health - Tomorrowland 
Tip#863: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 2 - Depression & Mental Health - Inside Out
Tip#900: Resilience in the Workplace - Depression & Mental Health – HRPA Toronto – The Martian 
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression, Winter Blues & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) 

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B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Movie Blogger
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tip#926: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 4 - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

A few years ago I heard about Telus President and CEO Darren Entwistle having his managers watch the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World for several reasons. One of which was for leadership lessons the reason being, "true leadership is evidenced in periods of duress rather than just periods when it's convenient." Read more: Globe & Mail article

Since then I was inspired to explore how I could fit in the corporate world to give my Motivatorman motivational talks on how movies inspire leadership, teamwork, resilience and indestructible optimism in the workplace. That led me to the HRPA Annual Conference where I’d meet helpful people and organizations at the trade show who gave me encouraging feedback on my niche with movie lessons.


At the recent 2016 HRPA Conference & Trade Show I continued to meet many individuals who were excited about my speaking services around films. One highlight was meeting Ildi Arlette, President, CEO and Founder of Women in Leadership & Business Conference and Born to Lead Youth Leadership Conference. She was a fellow movie fan and loved the work I was doing! In turn, I was inspired by her story of passion and perseverance in creating her successful conferences. She was an excellent example of great leadership!

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

The historical drama film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, is about Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) of the British warship HMS Surprise and his mission to pursue an enemy ship during the Napoleonic Wars in 1805. This epic adventure features outstanding examples of leadership and teamwork with strong performances by Crowe as well as Paul Bettany, James D’Arcy, Max Pirkis and Billy Boyd. See: movie trailer


Captain Aubrey demonstrates a stellar list of leadership qualities that include inspiring and motivating his officers and crew to be their very best especially in seemingly hopeless situations. He also embodies the seven qualities of great leaders and executives as outlined by Brian Tracy, top sales, management and business success trainer, author and speaker...

• Vision
• Courage
• Integrity
• Humility
• Strategic Planning
• Focus
• Cooperation

Movies are a fantastic resource for lessons in leadership and teamwork in the workplace. Films can be valuable, creative tools to inspire a vision of what an outstanding leader looks like and the positive results they can achieve. There are many great leadership examples in cinema. What are some of your favourites?

Related Tips:
Tip#604: Recognize Great Leaders - Lincoln
Tip#702: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 1 – Ender’s Game
Tip#766: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 2 - How to Train Your Dragon 2
Tip#882: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 3 - The Towering Inferno
Tip#926: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 4 - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Movie Blogger
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2016