Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tip#247: Are You Holding Back? – Forrest Gump
Sometimes we can feel a paralysis that holds us back in our lives or careers. Why do we hold ourselves back?
Over the years I have learned to build an optimistic mindset wherein I can act quickly on opportunities that come my way. So it is very humbling to realize that I am still holding back in certain areas of my life and career.
That's why my blogs lately have featured motivating movies like Yes Man (see tip#245). I am doing my very best to break free of my inner blocks.
Co-Hosting A New Live Show
A few weeks ago a good friend of mine had asked me to co-host a live weekly video podcast show with him. The offer was an honour and a fantastic opportunity and yet I didn't say yes right away. I knew I was holding back.
It took awhile to accept the offer and now I look back at how silly I was being because the show has been a great source of fun and learning for me. I've also met amazing new business contacts from the guests interviewed. See more about the show: click here
Breaking A World Record
And recently my friends at Dailychallenge.org held a special event day to break the world record of paying for the person behind you a cup of coffee at a coffee shop. On that day the weather turned icy cold with freezing winds. I could feel myself holding back from participating because of the winter-like day but now so happy I pushed myself to participate. I helped break the world record of 602 people committing random acts of kindness. See more: click here
Here are 3 films about not holding back that inspire me to do better...
In this movie you'll notice that the movie hero always achieves great successes. And despite his simple mind he never, ever holds back. Whether he is learning ping pong, running a shrimp boat business or rushing into a war zone to save his platoon, Forrest always says yes and moves forward without hesitation.
In this fantasy film you'll see how individuals in an entire town learn not to hold back with their true feelings and passions. And through amazing movie magic, when each person expresses what they truly desire they turn from black and white into full colour.
This movie represents a type of superhero movie that explores how a man with super powers holds back from being who he was born to be. The story is about how he slowly accepts his role in life with the help of his son who believes in him.
So do your very best to break free of whatever is holding you back. Be inspired by movie heroes and real-life heroes who push forward no matter what. Be fearless with whatever comes your way.
And when you get stuck think about this question: What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?
"While one hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."
Henry C. Link
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