Sunday, June 01, 2008

Tip#161: Are You A Full Screen or Widescreen Person? - Brainstorm

Overcoming your challenges in life depends on how you are viewing what is going on. Sometimes the solutions are right in front of you but you do not recognize it. That's why it is important to have a mindset that allows you to see the bigger picture.

Currently we all have a choice of purchasing full screen or widescreen DVDs of favourite films. Some prefer full screen because the whole TV screen is filled with the image. This cuts off some of the left and right sides of the original composition.

Whereas others prefer widescreen which show black bars on the top and bottom of the TV screen but is actually showing the true scope of action taking place on the right and left sides of the original movie. These 2 choices are a great metaphor for how we each choose to see life.

Full Screen Mindset

Having a full screen mindset in life is like having the comfort of your field of view completely filled. However the term full screen is misleading because you are not really getting the full picture. The irony is if you don't even know there is more to what you are seeing then you may never know what you are missing.

Widescreen Mindset

A widescreen mindset comes from facing unexpected changes in your life or career that push you into looking at life differently. And when you choose to have a wider perspective on why things are then you automatically expand your awareness and start seeing life in widescreen. This is achieved when you initiate any personal or professional development. You transform your old mindset to begin seeing all the missing action that was always present on either side of your old field of view.


I am reminded of Brainstorm, a thought-provoking movie starring Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher. They played brilliant researchers who developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Someone could experience someone else's sensations of eating, riding a bike, skydiving and anything else you can think of.

This movie paved the way for films like The Matrix trilogy and Strange Days starring Ralph Fiennes.

What was special about the original movie theatre experience of Brainstorm was that the film started out in standard 35mm (full screen). Then when someone in the story wore the headgear to play back someone's recorded experience the movie suddenly jumped to 70mm (widescreen).

This instantly heightened the story and sensations for the audience to feel like they have just opened their mind to something fantastic and new. This is another great analogy for what it's like choosing a widescreen mindset.

Choose A Widescreen Mindset

So if you prefer a bigger image by having full screen movies remember it's NOT the big picture. Widescreen is. Televisions and computers are going through an evolution right now as they've expanded their screens to a wider standard. Let this inspire you to evolve now into a more beneficial widescreen mindset.

Imagine how exciting it will be to suddenly see answers to your life issues that were always just off to the side of your field of view. Your new mindset will access an abundance of new sights, opportunities, options and wonders.

Emmanuel Lopez
Motivational Specialist & Motivational Wingman
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. ... I have never seen the movie brainstorm and am quite intrigued to do so. Thanks for the inspiration MM. I will report back on the experience.