Sunday, September 07, 2008
Tip#186: Take Control - Part 3 - 50 First Dates
Taking control of your life requires energy. And one powerful way to re-energize your self-confidence and self-esteem is to review meaningful aspects of your life growing up.
As I previously wrote, my financial situation took a positive turn at the start of the summer when I started creating video stories for other people. See tip#183 for more.
Since then I was compelled to create my own video story by going through old photo albums for key points in my life since I was a baby.
Doing this reminded me of how my passions and heroes growing up helped shape the successes I've had in my career and adult life. For example I saw how my passions for movies and food fueled my positive emotional energy which helped maintain my optimistic mindset.
I also recognized how my heroes like Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation taught me about leadership and teamwork. Assembling these meaningful images into a video showed the value of my own life story so far. It empowered me.
So I am making this video available now for you and the world because it will remind you how powerful your own passions and heroes can be. Click here to see the 2 min. video and let it inspire you to look carefully at what you loved growing up. Click here
50 First Dates
The Adam Sandler movie, 50 First Dates has a powerful example of using video. Sandler's character Henry falls in love with Drew Barrymore's character Lucy in the beautiful setting of Hawaii. Unfortunately she suffers from short term memory loss and can't remember him or anything that happens the day before.
Henry loves her so much that he creates a video of images, messages and people in her life to remind her every morning she wakes up of her condition. He created the video to also remind her that he is meaningful in her life. Let this story remind you how powerful it can be to be reminded of meaningful aspects of your own life right now.
Get re-energized by reviewing the value of your own life experiences growing up. Look at your old photo albums. Note the feeling and thoughts you get when you review old photos of you. Feel the positive emotional energy that wells up inside you.
Rent old TV shows or movies you loved growing up. Identify real life or movie heroes who have inspired you over the years. Rediscover what you loved to do but for some reason were eliminated from your life. Taking these small steps is already helping you take control of your life.
Remember your passions and heroes have enormous value. They can help build your self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence now.
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008