Sunday, February 04, 2018

Tip#1079: Unleash Your Inner Strength & Voice, Part 2 - The Post

Have you ever been faced with a situation where you knew you had to speak up but couldn’t? It’s happened to me many times over the years either in public or in the workplace or during family moments. It usually results in anxiety and ruminating about that paralyzing moment for days or even years later. Not a good feeling!

That’s why I feel grateful for, and recommend, workshops that empower your voice to help release trapped thoughts, emotions and whatever you want to say out loud. Special workshops like The Mastery of Self-Expression and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programs have helped free myself of hidden blocks preventing me to speak up and also to cut down the ruminating of negative thinking.

“There’s a lot of NO’s in the world and people may crumble under these NO’s. Finding your own YES is the hardest thing to do but the best thing to do.” 
Tammy Cunningham, Workshop Facilitator
The Mastery of Self-Expression 

So whenever I see a character on the movie screen struggle to speak up I FEEL for them. And then later when I see them overcome their inner fears to speak with courage and confidence I CHEER for them! Here is a movie example that demonstrates this transformation and how it became a metaphor for a greater voice of the press fighting to be heard.

The Post (2017)

The political thriller film, The Post, is based on the true story of Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post, working together with editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets in the early 70’s. This compelling story also stars Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Bradley Whitford and Bruce Greenwood. See: movie trailer

The cover-up, published as The Pentagon Papers, spanned four U.S. Presidents and the film shows the enormous risk Graham and Bradlee faced for possible imprisonment in standing firm for their freedom of the press. And yet the story also shows Graham’s own challenges of speaking up in an early boardroom scene that showed her voice paralyzed.

It is her slow transformation to a leader with new courage and confidence that highlights this film’s many inspirational themes. I felt for her in that boardroom scene and then cheered for her when she later delivers the final command to her newspaper team and board directors! Her newfound empowerment would lead to winning the unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Inspiring Themes:
• Finding Your Voice
• Courage
• Confidence
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Empowering Women
• Freedom of the Press
• Maintaining Ethics & Values
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships

Movie heroes who find and unleash their voice can be a highly inspirational and motivational moment for anyone wanting to do the same. If you find yourself unable to say what you want to say be inspired by cinematic role models to mirror your own inner strengths and potential. Believe that you deserve to be heard and one day it will happen with shining success!

Related Tips:
Tip#1078: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 5 - Darkest Hour
Tip#1076: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 6 - Molly’s Game
Tip#1025: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 10 - Lion
Tip#538: Unleash Your Inner Strength & Voice – The Mastery of Self Expression – 4 Movie Tips 

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Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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