Mindset

The Great Things We Can Learn From A Disney Film

So I was in King’s Lynn yesterday with my daughter Mia.

I love spending time with her and this week I promised her we would go and see “Zootropolis”

A shot of espresso pre-film is always a wise idea for me as I have a tendency to fall asleep in warm, dark rooms much to Mia’s annoyance.

The likelihood of this happening rises significantly if a chocolate tiffin is consumed (my fav)

In this instance it wasn’t…

FYI 🙂

So, amped up and ready to rock, we hit the Majestic cinema, King’s Lynn.

Mia ordered a large bag of minstrels and a slush puppy.

I had a small diet coke – boring I know but if I want to see all the film I need to avoid any sugar…

The film is set in the city of Zootopia, and is centred on an ambitious rabbit named Judy Hopps.

She’s a young, cute bunny with dreams and aspirations of leaving her hometown, Bunny Burrows and becoming the first ever bunny police officer.

Her parents, who believe they are looking out for her keep telling her to stop dreaming so big.

“There has never been a bunny officer before so don’t get your hopes up”

“You can’t do that, why don’t you stay in Bunny Burrows and become a carrot farmer like your 275 brothers and sisters”

But our heroine Judy Hopps dreams of nothing else but fighting crime and making the world a better place.

Despite her parents, who clearly love and care for her, telling her she would be better off and much safer staying at home, she makes the big bold move to the city which is full of much larger animals and dangerous predators.

So what can we learn from this Disney film?

Many people in life are raised in an environment that teaches them to play it safe.

They grow up thinking they aren’t good enough and that they can’t follow their dreams.

It’s never been done before so why should they even try?

“It won’t work”

“You don’t have the skills”

“You don’t have the education or the connections, you can’t do that”

“Who do you think you are? You think you are better than us?”

“What if you fail?”

“Get a job, pay the bills and settle down”

Sound familiar to a few of you?

Most people are governed by their habits, their fears and the opinion of others.

Don’t let the opinion of someone else become your reality.

Usually these “fears” are fears of the unknown and the fear of failure.

F**K fear!

You must face your fears head on.

Forget this “what if it doesn’t nonsense…

Start thinking about “what if it does…

Franklin D Roosevelt in his first inaugural speech in 1932 said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”

The only way you grow in this life is by taking a risk.

If things don’t work out the way you planned them then so be it, but it took courage to make the move so you don’t lose a THING.

You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and carry on.

If there is something in life that you really want to do or be, and you are not doing it at the moment…

…it might be an idea to get a plan to make that happen, regardless of what the people close to you think or believe.

I believe the pain of regret is far worse than the fear of failure.

I said to Mia at the end of the film, which she and I both loved by the way, “what was the moral of the story?”

She said “that you can be anything you want to be and don’t let other people tell you otherwise”

Well done Disney.

Great film.

Have a great Monday and an even better week ahead.

Gav

PS. Wish I had something here for you but I don’t.

Thanks for checking though 🙂

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