Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tip#917: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 3 - Joy

“I believe the ordinary meets the extraordinary every single day.” 
Joy (2015)

Whenever I receive an insight from a movie, I feel an emotional charge that moves me. It's like a little tap on my head, heart and gut to pay attention. That moment touches me deeply and I just know I’ve received an answer to solve a situation that I need to remember and focus on after the film is done. And thanks to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) work I’ve been doing I’m much more conscious of movie messages that remind me to re-connect with my inner child and core beliefs. This helps me clear hidden blocks and increase my self-worth, confidence and overall mental health to achieve my dreams and goals (see: tip#910).

As I write this I am also thrilled to discover another film on Christmas Day about a female movie hero who reconnects with her inner child with inspiring results. It became an unexpected gift for getting me excited about achieving my goals in the coming new year!

Joy (2015)

The biographical, comedy-drama film, Joy, is about Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), a divorced mother who becomes a self-made millionaire from her inventions like the Miracle Mop. This fascinating and entertaining journey includes many great performances by Lawrence as well as Diane Ladd, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rosselini, Édgar Ramírez and Isabella Crovetti-Cramp as young Joy. See: movie trailer


This film is overflowing with inspirational insights for anyone who has a vision or dream they want to achieve. You'll see how Joy faces challenges with family, finances and business adversaries and yet demonstrates strong qualities such as perseverance, resilience, optimism, courage, vision and leadership. Ladd’s character as Mimi, Joy’s grandmother also shows how supportive relationships and positive encouragement was important to Joy’s enduring self-worth and self-confidence since childhood.

This movie is also a must-see for entrepreneurs and business owners. Cooper’s character Neil Walker, an executive at the home shopping network QVC, shares inspiring quotes and sales expertise every time he is on screen. And then there are the insights of “The Four Questions of Financial Worthiness” that Rossellini’s character Trudy asks Joy that are meaningful for a lasting, successful business.


As with most films inspired by true stories there are creative licenses taken in order to tell a compelling, cinematic story. There is one scene that really inspired me whether it was true or not. It’s a dream sequence where, after 17 years of hiding from her childhood dreams for inventing, Joy faces her child self who tells her to stop hiding. When she wakes up that is when Joy starts drawing her idea of the Miracle Mop.

Inspiring Themes:
• Having a Vision
• Believing
• Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem
• Passion & Perseverance
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Sales & Marketing
• Entrepreneurial Spirit

Movies based on true stories often mix fact with fiction. However if the movie hero can inspire you to achieve your dreams and goals then you’ve received a special cinematic gift. The emotional charge you feel could be your answer on the next step to move forward. And if these films can also inspire you to connect with your inner child’s timeless passion, dreams and fearlessness then that is an even greater gift!

See Articles:
• Why Is the True Story of David O. Russell’s Joy Such a Mystery?
• How a single mom turned an ordinary mop into miracles
• How a single mom-turned-millionaire inspired J.Law’s new film

Related Tips:
Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies 
Tip#909: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 2 - The Little Prince 
Tip#917: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 3 - Joy 
Tip#928: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 4 - Hector and the Search for Happiness

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A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration, Insights & Epiphanies 

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