Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tip#593: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism,Part 1 - Argo

Do you know what it's like to be forced into a situation you don't want to be in? I definitely have and I've always overcome these challenges through the mindset of indestructible optimism. It's about not dwelling on your present situation but to focus on where you'd rather be. It's about believing in the future you want so much that it becomes your glowing light in the dark.

I remember how this positive mindset worked for me in June of 2010 when I, along with hundreds of innocent people, were held against our will by riot police during the G20 Summit here in Toronto. I was corralled, handcuffed and detained in freezing rain and later in an oxygen-deprived bus for hours. And yet from the start I never focused on the overwhelming experience unfolding in front of me. I BELIEVED I would be okay. I FOCUSED on the idea that I would be fine. And I'm happy to say I was right! (See 12 part blog series documenting my G20 Experience).

Argo (2012)

The thriller film Argo is based loosely on the true story of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. They are led out by Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) with the daring concept of using cover identities as location scouts for a Canadian film production titled Argo. What unfolds is a dramatic, riveting story of people coming together and make something fake appear absolutely real in order to save lives.

Mendez begins the task of creating the fake movie by recruiting real Hollywood makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin). With humorous dialogue Siegel says, "If I'm doing a fake movie, it's gonna be a fake hit." Later Mendez trains all six diplomats to memorize every detail of their cover identities in order to make this near impossible concept to work. They had to fully believe in these new roles in order to be free.


Watching their situation brought back memories of what happened to me at the G20 Summit. And what excited me was the film's core process for overcoming their situation is what I used to stay positive and focused towards my freedom. Even Siegal believed that the movie was real enough that, in his own mind, would still be a hit! Mendez trained all the diplomats to truly BELIEVE in something that seemed ridiculous at first but was the key to their freedom. All they had to do was to stay focused and it led to fueling their indestructible optimism!

Remember that there is always a solution to any situation you feel forced into. Remember that the solutions always start with your mindset AND your ability to remain FOCUSED on a brighter future you want. Your indestructible optimism is already inside you. You can activate your optimistic mindset anytime and any place!

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