Based on the historically accurate book written by Margaret Lee Shelterly, Hidden Figures, directed by Ted Medfli is a film that stirs your soul with admiration and inspiration for the three trailblazing African-American heroines who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the early years of the space program back in the early 1960s.
“There is a difference between interest and commitment.
When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient.
When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”
~ Kenneth Blanchard
This concept of interest vs commitment, hobby vs career, amateur vs professional are important dichotomies to consider when you reflect on what gives meaning and purpose to your life. They encourage you to consider where you are spending your most precious resource: your time.
Discouraged, apathetic, or disillusioned? Has our political system left you feeling down?
Here are six habits designed to improve your mood:
1. Listen to upbeat music like Mozart.
Music has long been a part of our human culture. Research studies show that there is a direct link between listening to music and enhancing your health and your mood.
In a study of 80 patients undergoing urological surgery “half the patients were randomly assigned to wear headphones that played slow movements from Mozart piano sonatas, while the other half wore headphones that did not play music.
Researcher- storyteller Brené Brown advocates that living bravely actually requires us to lean into our discomfort and to be vulnerable. Her research shows that those who are willing to experience risk, emotional exposure, and uncertainty have greater self-worthiness and courage.
The paradox of courage is that you become stronger when you are vulnerable and at the same time you increase your connection with others when you expose your authentic self. This requires trust.
Are you convinced that successful people are accomplished because they are highly talented in a particular area?
Angela Duckworth in her book GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance describes countless research studies demonstrating that individuals who rise to the top exhibit both passion and grit to achieve their goals. In other words, talent is really derived from the willingness to put in continuous extra effort to practice, practice practice.
Do you ever find yourself listening to your inner critic gremlin beating down your self-worth and self-esteem?
The other day as I was putting milk in the pantry instead of the refrigerator, I caught myself saying “what a goon-head!”
Maybe these sound familiar to you:
- “I can’t believe I just did that! I am so stupid”
- “OMG, I am such a idiot!”
- “I am such a loser”
Like many of you, for the past two weeks I was glued to the television watching with tremendous admiration athletes of all races, from both third world and first world countries, share the stage in performing extraordinary athletic feats under intense pressure and competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Savoring this fleeting glimpse into the accomplishments of these world class athletes, my hope was that their dedication, commitment, and drive would become a source of motivation that would propel me forward to new heights and personal bests.