Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tip#498: Catch Yourself - How Do You Know 2010

I'm coming up to posting my 500th tip on this movie blog and since I started in 2006 it's been a rich journey of self-discovery. As I admitted to myself and on this blog in tip#481, I realized I was caught "spinning my wheels" in my life and career goals. Thankfully I've confirmed important keys of breaking free. One of those keys is to keep building my self-awareness and catch myself when I THINK or BEHAVE in the ways that continually sabotage my dreams and goals.

This sounds easy and yet catching yourself takes practice and help from others because sabotaging thoughts, behaviors and habits are completely automatic and unconscious actions. When you do catch yourself they feel like exciting epiphanies, insights and AHA moments. That's when you know you've had a breakthrough for positive change.

How Do You Know 2010

The movie How Do You Know has 2 main themes that include a romantic comedy involving a love triangle and a drama about 2 people dealing with devastating life changes and challenges. Despite being the heart and soul of her team, softball player Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) is cut from the Team USA roster. Executive George Madison (Paul Rudd) suddenly finds himself targeted in a federal criminal investigation.

Along with the other man Lisa is seeing (Owen Wilson) these main characters are constantly catching themselves when they think or behave in a destructive way. They are able to stop and have an epiphany when they catch themselves! In one inspiring scene Lisa and George have their first dinner date together and Lisa realizes they are both having a really bad day. Instead of allowing either of themselves to vent about their problems she insists they stay utterly silent throughout dinner. At the end George's stress and anxiety had completely lifted and was extremely grateful for Lisa's insight to have a peaceful dinner together.

I watched this film twice in a row because I loved the characters, dialogue, romantic story AND I received many insights. I was also surprised to learn that this movie was considered a major box office bomb when it came out in theatres. Just goes to show that if you find a film that moves you in any way then you've found a golden nugget.

If you feel stuck spinning your wheels in your life, career or relationships do your best to catch yourself when you start the debilitating cycles. Assistance from others definitely helps so be open to people you trust. And when you do catch yourself the insights and epiphanies FEEL fantastic! I hope you experience an AHA moment today!

Inspiring quotes from How Do You Know:

"Never drink to feel better; only drink to feel even better."

"Figure out what you want and learn how to ask for it."

"You sure haven't let anything take away your spirit."

"I don’t know that I'll do great but I know I can do better."

"We are all just one small adjustment away from making our lives work."

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