Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tip#333: Follow Your Calling – 4 Movie Tips

Ten years ago I experienced a mental breakdown and depression that lasted for years. And how I learned to overcome my adversities and build an optimistic mindset has been the value I bring to the audiences I speak to and to the articles of this movie blog.

In past year I've deeply questioned why I continue to be faced with financial challenges that aggravate my optimistic mindset. And the answer that keeps coming back is that it is my CALLING to build indestructible optimism no matter what.

So I've surrendered to being as transparent as I can be with my audiences about my own real-time challenges. And with much gratitude I've received many supportive comments for this movie blog and from people around the world via Facebook and LinkedIn messages.

One recent comment came from a colleague in the career transitions and outplacement service industry. He's been following this blog and said my articles were unique because I am sharing my struggles as well as tips on how to move forward. I stood out from other motivators.

There are many movies that showcase a person's long journey to follow their calling. Here are 4 of my favourites:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 2001 - 2003

Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) finds his calling and sets out on an epic journey to destroy an evil ring. Despite the overwhelming physical, mental and emotional challenges he perseveres with the unwavering help of powerful allies and loyal friendships.

Conversations With God 2006

Based on the best selling book of the same name, Neale Donald Walsch (Henry Czerny) becomes homeless for a year and later begins to have profound conversations with God. He realizes his hardships are part of his calling as is to write down his conversations for a book that would help inspire people around the world.

Bicentennial Man 1999

Despite being an android, Andrew (Robin Williams) experiences a calling to evolve himself as a sentient being. This unique take on self-development leads Andrew on a 200 year journey to improve the quality of human lives with his creative clock designs and artificial organ inventions.

The Ten Commandments 1956

This classic story shows how Moses (Charlton Heston) takes action to follow his calling by walking away from a luxurious, royal lifestyle. He finds himself learning how to maintain his faith and knowing that it is his life purpose to free his people in the face of intense adversities.

So if you are compelled to follow a calling that shakes up your career, relationships or lifestyle than have no fear. There will be others that will be there to support you. Whether they are in the physical or in spirit you will never, ever be alone on your journey.

Ultimately you'll learn powerful skill sets for maintaining FAITH, BELIEF and the KNOWING that everything will be okay no matter what. You already have indestructible optimism within you. You just have to accept the unexpected opportunities to build it.


Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Specialist
For Individuals & Organizations

© Emmanuel Lopez 2010


Liz said...

Isn't it wonderful how you can share your own life -- and have other people find value and inspiration from your experiences? I think that is one of the beneficial aspects to the Internet and the various blogs and postings out there.

My comment on your movie selections -- just can't agree with "The 10 Commandments!" Always hated knowing my dad was going to make us watch it on Easter. And he didn't even go to church!

For another movie that inspires and motivates, look at "Mr. Jimmy's Birthday Challenge." Mr. Jimmy is from a small town in Mississippi; for his 80th birthday he challenges himself to run 80 kilometers. (My mother is 83; i'm guaranteeing you she could not do this! She could walk, though...) His small town gets behind him to see if they, too, can run their age. Mr. Jimmy even did a triathlon! -- at the age of 80! He finished 246 out of 250. I think it's great he finished, which is a goal of mine. Give it a look.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Thank you Liz for your encouraging comments! Loved hearing about your own 10 Commandments movie experience growing up as I can picture it! It was the opposite in my home and it was exciting to see if we could stay awake to see the Red Sea part!

Very intrigued about your movie recommendation and hope to see it soon.


Head Health Nut said...

Stay strong, Emmanuel! There's nothing more satisfying than following your dream and doing what you love every day. :)

It will all work out in the end!

Steph @ Live

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Many thanks Steph for your ongoing encouragement. It's heartfelt souls like you that keep me moving forward no matter what!


Anonymous said...

Just loved your last blog ... great timing, i read the quote below and thought of you - hope you like it. :-}

"We only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid. So stop. Try something you've never tried. Teach it. Do it. Risk it."
Jon Blais