So a few weeks ago, hubby and I snuck off to a movie while our boy was in school. We saw The Equalizer with Denzel Washington (using my tickets won from Anteup Fitness at the Prince William County Minority Business Network Social).
Okay so the movie was action packed and I enjoyed it. The coolest thing though, were all the little nuggets of wisdom that were doled out in brilliantly written one-liners. I was inspired to write this blog based on the insights they revealed to me. Read on for my lessons learned from the movie (don’t worry, there are not plot descriptions or spoilers here).
“Progress not perfection.”
As a productivity consultant, I see a lot of people who get stuck in the perfection trap. They delay a project because “something isn’t right”. They want everything to be perfect. They lose out on progress because they are chasing perfection. It’s better to use the approach ” done is better than none” and improve on it the next time. Give up on chasing perfection and work on moving things forward one step at a time.
Wow does it ever. You can get all fired up about something, but the second you let a little doubt creep in, you lose focus and start talking yourself out of what you want the most? Don’t let doubt kill your dream. If you have set a realistic but incredibly challenging goal, create a vision board, lay out a plan of ACTION and get an accountability partner to help you shut that doubt down.
“Be who you are in this world.”
Everyone plays a specific role in life. I’ve seen a lot of people (sometimes myself) try to be who they’re not. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to other people. Find your own way and make your own path. When you try to be someone else, people sense it and can get turned off. You have many strengths and skills to share. Focus on who you are and the gifts you have to share. Be you and do you!
“Change your world.”
There is always something you won’t like about your circumstance. Only you have the power to care enough to actively change it. Don’t like something? Figure out how you’re going to make it different. Set goals and create plans to reach them. Look for new experiences to help you grow. Don’t complain about it. Do something to change it.
“When you pray for rain, you’ve got to deal with the mud.”
This is like looking for the silver lining in a cloud. It is reality. Good usually comes with some bad. You’ve got to learn to take your lumps. California typically suffers from drought. Recently they had an onslaught of rain. While it filled the reservoirs and put snow on the mountains, the unusual rain volume. also caused mudslides, floods and loss of property. Learn to take the bad with the good. Make the most of what you have.
So which one resonates the most with you? Chime in and share your thoughts or favorite quotes (please no foul language) in the comments below!
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