Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Tip#309: See The Positives In The Negatives - Catch Me If You Can
Remember in times of struggle that your faith and enthusiasm can be re-ignited when you can see the positive possibilities in the negatives you face.
I've been feeling a sense of calm and peace ever since I recently surrendered to my current business and career challenge. As I wrote in the previous tip#308, surrendering to unavoidable obstacles in your path is the first step to overcoming it. The next step is to be able to switch on your optimistic mindset and visualize a positive outcome.
While I was searching for solutions to my challenge I took a much needed break and went over to a friend's home and enjoyed a movie marathon. The last film was actually a movie already playing on a TV network and contained the magical answers I'd been seeking.
Catch Me If You Can 2002
The movie Catch Me If You Can was inspired by a true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of cheques. He had successfully impersonated a Pan Am pilot, doctor and legal prosecutor in the process.
He was finally caught, tried as an adult and sentenced to 12 years in prison. While in prison Frank helps the FBI agent Carl who caught him (Tom Hanks) by giving advice on other cheque forgers he was investigating. Frank was hired immediately by the FBI to work for the cheque fraud department under Carl's custody.
The inspiring message I received was that a positive outcome came from the negatives of this story. What Frank did was clearly against the law so he suffered the consequences. And yet he had developed skill sets that were of great value to others. Frank received a new lease on life helping others with these hidden skill sets.
Struggles Have A Purpose
This movie message empowered me to see that my business and career struggles have a deeper, enriching purpose. Frank's story inspired me to believe that the skill sets I've been learning in order to overcome my own challenges will have very positive results in the future.
Today the real Frank Abagnale Jr. advices the business world of fraud and is paid millions for his services. He has since paid back all that he scammed over his criminal career.
So whenever faced with overwhelming negatives in your career or life do your best to switch your optimistic mindset on. Find inspirational stories with evidence that something positive will come from your struggles.
You are always surrounded by real-life heroes and movie heroes reminding you that everything will be okay. Keep open to the empowering messages coming to you.
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