Defining Your Life as If It Were a New Movie

Have you ever considered looking at your life as if it were a movie? Doing this will present you with two fundamental choices: Living the rest of your life as a “rerun” of your life so far, or scripting and producing it as if it were a new movie.\r\n\r\nIn this blog entry I will share with you insights gathered from reading the book Your Life as a Movie: Scripting and Producing Your Dreams into Reality, by Francesca Banting, complemented by examples and experiences from my own life journey.\r\n\r\n1. LIGHTS: Who we are today is a result of our past. We can list endless reasons and excuses not to change (and live our life as a series of reruns), or we can choose to understand how we think and see the world, and act upon it to create our new life movie. It all starts in our minds.\r\n\r\nI found the analogy of our life as a movie very powerful—and also a bit scary. I still remember how anxious I was when I decided to quit my corporate career and start a professional practice almost five years ago. I was clear on what I wanted my new life movie to be, but that didn’t take away my fear of change.\r\n\r\n2. CAMERA: The more precise and detailed our goal or vision, the higher the odds that our mind will deliver the thoughts and actions of our new life movie. We should ask ourselves whether we are the star of our movie. If we aren’t, we may be living the wrong movie. We should focus on what we want in life, not on what we don’t.\r\n\r\nI want to underscore the importance of defining what we want to accomplish in life, and to do it in writing. This increases your level of commitment and the odds of success.\r\n\r\n3. ACTION: Focus on the details of who we want to become part of our life. What are our key relationships, professional partnerships, coaches and mentors? Also, we should “edit” our life film, sorting through our daily actions and habits, and pruning the ones that don’t serve us.\r\n\r\nI have spoken about habits in previous newsletters and blogs. Reinforcing Francesca Banting’s point about “editing our life,” we should always have a habit under construction (or destruction). Don’t assume that your life is perfect as is. There is always room to eliminate a bad habit or create a good one.\r\n\r\nCount on me to help you define your new life movie. Have you ever tried to rewrite your life? Tell us about it here.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Business Consultant, Offsite Facilitator and Professional Coach\r\

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