Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tip#208: There Is Always A Way Out - Redbelt
Sometimes when you get stuck in life you feel trapped and hopeless. Just remember that no matter how things look there is always a way out.
Amazing synchronicities continued to guide me from the previous tip I wrote about seeing the movie Youth Without Youth. On that DVD I scanned through the trailers and one film jumped out at me so I immediately had to see it. When I watched it I was blown away and received a deluge of motivational messages!
The film was called Redbelt and it inspired me on so many levels that it's become an instant favourite. And I have a new cinematic role model in the main character, Mike Terry, a Jiu-Jitsu instructor played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Jiu-Jitsu is a martial arts where you use one fighter's strength against himself. This is part of Terry's challenge when faced with unexpected adversity in his life. It's also a powerful story of standing your ground even when your opponents are physically larger or overwhelming.
The movie was written and directed by David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Wag the Dog) so the dialogue is sharp and clever. Whenever Terry says something to his students or enemies his words radiate with wisdom and confidence. You'll feel like he is talking directly you and helping you confront your own challenges.
The movie felt like a version of Rocky for the new millennium and is filled with inspiring messages and moments. And the hero never compromised his honour and values even in the financial problems that increase throughout the story.
Of course I saw the movie as a mirror for my own challenges and it helped bring out the fighting spirit in me to keep moving forward. It reminded me that no matter what blocks my way that there is always a way out.
Movies Are Mirrors
So be inspired by movie heroes that mirror your own challenges in life. Let them remind you that there is a way out of the problems you feel trapped in. Your movie heroes know there is always an escape.
And if you feel stuck believing in yourself just remember there is always someone you can find who can help. There are teachers, mentors, advisors and even helpful strangers all around you. Just stay open to the magical coincidences that will lead you to them!
"There is no situation you could not escape from."
Mike Terry, Redbelt
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008