Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tip#504: Where There’s A Will There’s A Way OUT! - Happy Feet Two

I recently attended another life-changing 4 day intensive workshop called Canada's Public Speaking Academy where I got to improve my platform skills and speaker content. Facilitated by Barry Spilchuk, speaker and co-author of Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soup, he passed on his wisdom, techniques and experiences for us to excel as engaging, heartfelt speakers AND how to use our voices to help change the world.

The attendees included a diverse group of professionals and business owners who were all born in a different part of the world e.g. U.K., Ukraine, South Africa, Jamaica, etc. They each had such a unique style of speaking and had the gift for engaging an audience with passion. As we each took turns giving a speech in front of the group we all helped one another by giving advice and encouragement to be the best speaker possible. It was a mini United Nations of support!

Happy Feet Two 2011

The animated movie Happy Feet Two is a sequel continuing the adventures of an Emperor penguin named Mumble (Elijah Wood) and his dancing feet talents. This time he and his son Erik must find a way to save their entire clan trapped by a glacial disaster. The solution was to enlist the help of nearby species like the Adelie penguins, Elephant seals and even the humans they referred to as "aliens".

What unfolds is a magnificent movie filled with energetic songs, stunning visuals and a multitude of clever, motivational messages. One of my favourite lines was: "Where there is a will there's a way OUT!" It is moving to see how each of the species come and do everything they can to help the penguins in need. Ultimately this is a story that celebrates the power of community and how any massive disaster can be overcome through co-operation and the will to accomplish any goal.

See: movie trailer

Amazingly, the core message of Happy Feet Two mirrors the core message of the movie Thrive previously reviewed in tip#503. It's as if both movies are reminding audiences right now that the power of community is important in the solutions for current global challenges. Positive change can start with your own life challenges. Just find the will to remain positive and ask for help when you need it. We live in a world filled with amazing supportive souls in it! Someone will hear your voice!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tip#503: Keep An Open Mind - Thrive


My favourite movie in my teens was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Later in my 20's it was Contact starring Jodie Foster. Both excited me because I believed in the existence of alien life from other planets and these films helped fuel my imagination. They allowed my mind to stay open to the possibilities of amazing, mind-blowing concepts.

In my 30's I would become so enthralled in extraterrestrial life, crop circles, ancient prophecies and energy that I composed and performed all the songs and music on my debut album, Rain of Angels (see website). One of the songs called "2012" was about the Mayan Prophecies pointing to the "end of the world as we know it" in the year 2012. See my 2012 music video: Click here

I was utterly amazed when I recently saw a documentary featuring all of my interests and fascinations growing up and my music CD. This film may also be the most controversial film I have featured on my movie blog OR the most important. You decide...

Thrive 2011

The movie Thrive is an unconventional documentary that reveals what is really going on in our world on multiple levels. Foster Gamble, who co-wrote and hosts the film, presents 3 sections on what has been happening on planet earth and how we can improve our quality of life. The topics are: The Code, The Problem, The Solutions. Foster, along with interviews with Deepak Chopra and other experts in their fields, discuss ancient cultures, U.F.O.'s, crop circles, free energy, world economy and revealing explanations to our current financial challenges.

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The content of this film may challenge your beliefs and even shake the very core of everything you believe to be true. Foster already has a concise website (www.thrivemovement.com) that outlines sources for the facts presented in his movie. In the end I was very inspired by the Solutions segment where Foster presents an exciting vision of our future that revolves around building community. It centres around the key message that there IS enough resources on our planet for every single human being to thrive.

Dealing with unexpected changes in your life comes down to keeping an open mind about what you "think" you know. Amazing solutions may be right in front of you but may be invisible because of what you've been conditioned to believe. All you have to do is be flexible in how you've been viewing life and be open to new, mind-blowing concepts. These new ideas may be the solutions you've been looking for all along!

NEW SPEAKER TOPIC FOR WOMEN:
"HOW WOMEN IN MOVIES INSPIRE A LEADERSHIP MINDSET"
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tip#502: Inspiring Double Features - The Horse Whisperer - Buck

Over the past few weeks I have been meeting a number of warm-hearted life coaches. 3 of them attended a recent movie screening and discussion that I facilitate at the cozy St. Andrews United Church screening room here in Toronto (see tip#451). The movie we showed was Morning Glory and one of these coaches was very inspired. She later shared how The Horse Whisperer movie affected her deeply as well.

This was amazing synchronicity because I planned to see the new documentary Buck that is based on the real horse whisperer. So I immediately watched both movies as a double feature and was moved and inspired by the each of the movie heroes and their stories.

The Horse Whisperer 1998

The movie The Horse Whisperer is about a gifted horse trainer and healer named Tom Booker (Robert Redford). His services are pursued by Annie (Kristen Scott Thomas) to help her teenage daughter's injured horse after a traumatizing accident. Booker can see that her daughter (Scarlett Johansson) also needed emotional healing as well so agrees to the task.

Over the course of the story all four characters go through profound personal transformations. You also learn and recognize powerful lessons of how compassion and patience are needed for both the horse's rehabilitation AND for human beings suffering emotional pain and anguish.


Buck 2011

The documentary film Buck features the life, career and philosophy of the real-life "horse whisperer" Buck Brannaman. The movie explores Buck's childhood life with a physically abusive father and how it helped him forge a unique and gifted approach to handling difficult horses. Robert Redford is also interviewed and shares how inspired he was with Buck's warm personality and compassionate attitude. Redford incorporated Buck's spirit into his performance as Booker in The Horse Whisperer film.

Buck says, "Rather than help people with horse problems I'm helping horses with people problems." Buck believes that a horse’s behaviour mirrors their owners. So he teaches the owners to demonstrate compassion and patience with their horses with dramatic results. You will be amazed at the transformations.

The idea of the horse mirroring people is similar to my belief in the movie heroes we resonate. They can mirror our innate, inner strengths and potential. And if we seek to better ourselves in some way we just need to be open to the possibilities. Be open today with anything you feel is mirroring you in some way. It is reflecting something you need to see about yourself for positive change!

NEW SPEAKER TOPIC FOR WOMEN:
"HOW WOMEN IN MOVIES INSPIRE A LEADERSHIP MINDSET"
SEE 1 min. video with 10 inspiring women in films quotes: Click here
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2011

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Tip#501: How Women in Movies Inspire a Leadership Mindset – 10 Movie Tips

If you've been reading my Movies that Motivate blog for past year you will know that I've been documenting the difficult times testing my positivity and resilience. I've survived financial crisis, bankruptcy, near homelessness and a blow to my self-esteem and self-worth. What helped me maintain my indestructible optimism were the supportive people around me AND incredible movies that motivated me to take charge of my life. Most of these movie heroes happened to be women.

The movie trailer for Eat Pray Love, for example, came out in March of 2010 just as I was losing my home of 15 years. I shuddered at the scene where Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) put all her belongings in a 10x10 foot storage locker after she lost her money and home. I ended up doing the same but in a 5x5 foot locker. When the film finally came to theatres in August I was temporarily living in a 100 sq ft. room in someone else's home. I had lost so much of my life.

The gift and silver lining in these dark experiences was knowing I was building a leadership mindset. I was learning not to take the victim attitude but a CEO attitude in my own life. Movie heroes like Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bollock) in The Blind Side, Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) in Freedom Writers and Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) in Secretariat all inspired me to maintain my POSITIVITY, PERSEVERANCE, PASSION and INDESTRUCTIBLE OPTIMISM.

10 INSPIRING MOVIE QUOTES:

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

"I can't have a baby because I have a 12:30 lunch meeting."
J.C. Wiatt, Executive
Baby Boom (1987)

"You threaten my son, you threaten me."
Leigh Anne Tuohy, Interior Designer
The Blind Side (2009)

"Look, I don't know shit about shit but I know right from wrong!"
Erin Brockovich, Legal Assistant
Erin Brockovich (2000)

"When I'm helping these kids make sense of their lives, everything about my life makes sense to me. How often does a person get that?"
Erin Gruwell, Teacher
Freedom Writers (2007)

"Fried chicken just tend to make you feel better about life."
Aibileen Clark, Maid
The Help (2011)

"Your book is going to change the world. Do you hear me?"
Julie Powell, Food Blogger & Julia Child, Chef & Author
Julie & Julia (2010)

"This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it! Because you never know how far you can run unless you run."
Penny Chenery, Manager
Secretariat (2010)

"My name is Temple Grandin. I'm not like other people. I think in pictures and I connect them."
Temple Grandin, Consultant
Temple Grandin (2010)

"I am not steak. You can’t just order me."
Tess McGill, Secretary
Working Girl (1988)

These 10 female movie heroes are featured in my new 1 min. video: See video

Recently, I have been sharing the tools and methods that have helped me through difficult times with close friends and colleagues now going through their own life and work challenges. This inspired me to create 2 new speaker topics, one of which is for women's organizations called "How Women In Movies Inspire A Leadership Mindset".

The movie characters you resonate with are there to mirror your inner strengths and inspire you to overcome any challenge you face. Their actions and success stories can help you visualize your own triumphs. There are many cinematic role models both female and male to motivate you forward. Go and discover your movie heroes today!

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

NEW SPEAKER TOPIC FOR WOMEN:
"HOW WOMEN IN MOVIES INSPIRE A LEADERSHIP MINDSET"
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2011