Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tip#808: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.2 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

I’ve been reading an outstanding book called Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg containing fantastic insights on sales and marketing and why people are drawn to certain products. It explains the fascinating success stories of Pepsodent toothpaste, Febreze air freshener and Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps.

The success stories are based on a simple three-step formula called the habit loop: cue, routine, reward. Discover the cue and reward of your product’s audience/customers and they will gravitate to your message. For example Pepsodent’s Cue is “film on your teeth” and the reward is “a sparkling smile”. This habit loop formula can be applied to any media message needed to make a strong connection to any audience.

Once again I synchronistically watched a film that explores this media sales and marketing concept…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

The science fiction adventure film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, is the third part in the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in a dystopian future where she is now needed as a rebellion leader called the Mockingjay. This film feels very different and much darker from the previous two movies though Katniss is riveting to watch as she overcomes extreme emotional pain to become a powerful leader. See: movie trailer

As with the previous two films I was most inspired by scenes where Katniss is helped with her authenticity to be used in the media. In this chapter she is being coached to deliver a video message to rally other districts to join the rebellion. As she is being videotaped in a studio her scripted delivery is obviously not successful. Her team analyzes what worked in the past for Katniss and they discover a solution that allows her authentic emotions flow for the camera. This film demonstrates the power of media, marketing a message and making emotional connections.

Movies can deliver entertainment as well as a myriad of lessons such as how the media can cultivate community and an audience. Be inspired by films whether it is for answers you seek in life, your workplace or business.

Related Tips:
Tip#528: Articulate Your Best To Others – The Hunger Games
Tip#708: Being Genuine & Being Strategic – The Hunger Games Catching Fire
Tip#517: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.1 – Big Miracle
Tip#808: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.2 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tip#807: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 3 – The Artist

Before I do any motivational talks or radio interviews I always visualize the individuals in the audience feeling good as they listen to me speak. I picture them gaining an important answer to a challenge they currently face.

I recently did a 30 min. interview for A Kind Voice radio show with host Dominick Domasky where I talked about five movies for motivation: Rudy, Million Dollar Arm, Saving Private Ryan, Temple Grandin and Guardians of the Galaxy. Listen to the show

A few days afterwards I gave a motivational talk where I presented Guardians of the Galaxy as a key movie for teamwork and team spirit. I then posted a photo of me in action onto Instagram and soon the director of the film James Gunn had seen the photo and Liked it! I was so excited because I was now on this Hollywood director’s radar just sharing movies that make me feel good and that could help others feel good too!

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The Artist (2011)

The romantic comedy-drama, The Artist, is about successful silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) who faces being obsolete when talking pictures takes over the industry. It is also a love story of rising star, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) who helps George through his difficult times. Shot in the style of a classic black & white silent film this Oscar winning movie is full of unexpected magic and uplifting, heartwarming moments.

I recently saw this wonderful film at a friend’s luxurious condo theatre and got to see it through the eyes of people watching The Artist for the first time. They loved it! It’s always amazing to see how magnified the emotion, humour and joy of the characters and scenes are with no dialogue. The visuals, exuberant dancing and music always take me to a happy world!

I highly recommend seeing this feel-good film to lift your spirits. It will remind you of the simple joys in life and that there is always hope, optimism and help when you need it most!

Related Tips:
Tip#756: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 1 - Fusia Magazine 5th Anniversary Party - Million Dollar Arm 
Tip#806: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 2 - St. Vincent
Tip#807: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 3 – The Artist

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tip#806: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 2 - St. Vincent

I had a great weekend at my friend’s cottage/home with other close friends! Helped chopped wood for the winter season and experienced a really magical snowfall. My friend also had a new hot tub which I was eager to try but it was semi-outdoors so the room was extremely chilly. I almost talked myself out it. And yet once I braved the cold air and slowly acclimated to the hot, whirling waters it was absolutely blissful! BLLLLLISSFUL!!!

That contrast was a perfect metaphor for adversities I’ve faced in life where things looked and felt really negative at first but later revealed something highly beneficial. I grew as a person or these challenges led me to meeting some great people. This latest film I saw mirrored this wonderful reminder that below a nasty surface could be a fantastic feel-good experience.

St. Vincent (2014)

The comedy-drama film, St. Vincent, is about a grouchy, mean, gambler named Vincent (Bill Murray) who gets recruited to babysit his neighbor’s 12-year-old son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Despite being a mismatched pair they help each other grow through hilarious and heartwarming antics. This is classic Bill Murray where his and every other performance is outstanding by actors Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd. See: movie trailer

This film demonstrates that characters like Vincent may be negative and nasty at first but still have a warm, compassionate side. He is ultimately celebrated as a modern day saint (hence the movie title!). This reminds me to always be as understanding as I can be when I encounter unpleasant people or situations in life. I highly recommend this excellent feel-good film to lift you up if you are feeling down. And it will remind you to never judge a book by its cover and to give the grouchiest of people a chance to show their humanity!

Related Tips:
Tip#756: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 1 - Fusia Magazine 5th Anniversary Party - Million Dollar Arm 
Tip#806: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 2 - St. Vincent
Tip#807: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 3 – The Artist

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - It’s Kind of a Funny Story

As I mentioned in tip#803 I used my creativity to create illustrations, artworks and compose and record songs to lift myself up from my depressions and SAD (seasonal affective disorder). The thing is I didn’t even know I was depressed or had SAD back in the 90’s or earlier! I just figured out a powerful coping method for the feelings of hopelessness and isolation I’d slip into from time to time.

Watching movies and writing this blog twice a week also became coping methods because they helped stop the ruminating in my mind that occurs in depression (see tip#801). Recently during a difficult week with SAD I was listening to a song I recorded and released in 1999 called Rain of Angels. It immediately soothed my mind and I decided to produce a music video that would include colourful artworks I also created during times of depression.


Creating the music video was yet another coping method and the extra joy I felt came from my intention to post it online to help others going through difficult times, depression, winter blues or SAD. If you or someone you know could benefit from this video please send them this link: Rain of Angels Music Video



It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2014)

The comedy drama film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, is about a stressed 16 year old named Craig (Keir Gilchrist) checking himself into a mental-health clinic. Since the youth wing is closed he must spend his five-day stay in the adult wing where he makes friends with Bobby (Zach Gaifianakis) and another teen Noel (Emma Roberts). The film is a humorous look at mental pain and depression some people experience. See: movie trailer

The film shows how Craig learns to cope with his mental stress through opening up to the social support being offered him. It also shows how creating his artwork helps him find peace in his mind. Seeing this felt like a mirror for me and a profound reminder that I can now share my creative results with others who may benefit from my art, music & creative writing!

I highly recommend you see this film to inspire you to discover coping methods for challenges you face in your life or work. Maybe you have a creative talent like drawing, singing, playing an instrument or writing poems or stories. Your Resilience Resources for soothing your mind may be your very own creativity unleashed!

Related Tips:
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything

I will always remember 2014 as the year of my revelation that I experience symptoms best related to winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The lack of sunlight and shorter days of Fall and Winter (and random periods in Spring and Summer) have affected me for over 25 years and this is the first time I’ve entered this difficult and dark time knowing what I know. I have decided to share more details of my journey towards solving this form of depression on this movie blog with the vision that my findings can help others around the world.

I have been encouraged by a small handful of close friends and colleagues to share my SAD experiences because it still links directly with the Resilience Resources I’ve already been sharing for years in the form of movies. Many other synchronicities have also been coming up to support this as part of my mission and purpose in life. So the timing of seeing The Theory of Everything movie further inspired me to tell my story about SAD.


More about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
1) 'Tis the Season (Again): How to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
2) Good overview with Winter Blues author, Norman E. Rosenthal, MD

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The romantic biographical film, The Theory of Everything, is based on the memoirs of Jane Wilde Hawking (Felicity Jones) and her life adventures with her ex-husband theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne). This deeply inspiring film shows their heartbreaking and heartwarming journey together as they face the challenges of Hawking’s motor neuron disease or ALS. See: movie trailer

I was deeply moved by the astonishing performance of Redmayne who imbued an incredible sense of joy into his Hawkings character. His physical acting is incredible and his soul-touching smile throughout the film is so uplifting to see! Jones is also powerful in her performance of an unconditionally loving wife and mother. Their resilience individually and together show them to be excellent cinematic role models for finding your inner strengths and indestructible optimism.

I highly recommend this life affirming film to inspire you in whatever challenges you are facing right now. You will be reminded that your resilience is empowered by your belief in yourself, an optimistic mindset AND the loving support you can surround yourself with! Make the magic of movies part of your Resilience Resources.

Related Tips:
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Tip#803: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 6 – Interstellar

Science fiction films have always excited me to expand my imagination and believe in the power of creative visualization (see Tip#568). For example during times of depression (seasonal affective disorder SAD) back in the 90’s I wrote and recorded many "melancholy ballads" that helped lift me up. I wrote lyrics that envisioned a future time when I would be feeling better. See: Rain of Angels music video

Years later when I’d experience other adversities and feelings of hopelessness I’d listen to my songs and they instantly made me feel better and not so alone. It’s as if my past self had created these songs knowing my future self would benefit from them. Similarly actor Matthew McConaughey referred to his future self in his inspiring acceptance speech for his 2014 Best Actor Oscar (See: tip759).

Now he is starring in a film that explores this theme even more that will expand your mind if you just hop onto this wild cinematic ride!

Interstellar (2014)

The science fiction adventure film, Interstellar, is about former NASA test pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughy) who must leave his family and travel beyond this galaxy to find a new home for mankind. This epic film explores the emotional pain of leaving loved ones behind on a dying Earth while presenting visually stunning wonders of interstellar travel. See: movie trailer 

For almost three hours I felt fully immersed in this film and highly recommend seeing on the big screen. Some of the music and many of the scenes invoke the magic of the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. And despite having some flaws, this movie is about mind-bending ideas of quantum realities and how love is a powerful factor that can affect time and space. It is also an inspiring movie about resilience and creative problem solving.

I have a deep passion for Sci Fi films especially alternate reality and time travel stories. So I immediately embraced the mind-blowing concepts that are revealed at the end of the movie. These concepts inspired my art, music and my ability to creatively visualize my goals and dreams for the future.

I highly recommend seeing this film to help expand your mind and imagination. All you have to do is enjoy the ride and focus on the themes and messages you resonate with. It just could be your future self sending you a message!

“Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.”
Interstellar (2014)

Related Tips:
Tip#179: Important Messages From The Kid - Disney's The Kid
Tip#332: Your Thoughts Have So Much Power – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tip#445: Everything is Going To Be Okay - Source Code 
Tip#499: Choose A Future - Mr. Nobody
Tip#506: Time Travel & Alternate Reality Movies – 4 Hidden Gems
Tip#549: Yes, You Can Alter Your Reality - Men in Black 3
Tip#587: If You Could Talk To Your Younger Self What Would You Say? – Looper
Tip#590: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt.1 - The Time Traveler’s Wife
Tip#759: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt 2 - X-Men: Days of Future Past
Tip#682: What if You Could Go Back in Time? - Back to the Future Trilogy
Tip#551: Activate Your Imagination Through Movies, Part 1 – Prometheus
Tip#777: Activate Your Imagination Through Movies, Part 2 - Lucy
Tip#748: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 1 - After the Dark 
Tip#772: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 2 – The Congress - Under the Skin
Tip#778: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 3 – I Origins
Tip#789: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 4 – Coherence
Tip#790: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 5 - Frequencies
Tip#803: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 6 – Interstellar

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