I was watching some early Betty Boop in class this week this week (I LOVE my job). This was before 1934 when the production code made her cover up her cleavage, lower her hems and lose both her garter and her wiggle. She’s saucy, sexy and awesome.
After the code went into effect, she lost more than the garter – she got watered down and became a little (I hate to say it) bland.
Betty was a product of the Fleischer Studios, but they weren’t the only animation studio to have problems with the production code. Disney’s biggest star – Mickey Mouse – did not pass the code’s strict moral standards; he drank, smoked, abused other animals and forced kisses from a reluctant Minnie – WHAT A CAD.
Where the Fleischers grumbled and robbed Ms. Boop of her spark, Disney used the opportunity to reinvent Mickey. He became the happy-go-silly, optimistic innocent we know and love today. He also jumped from being a star to being an icon.
Life is going to throw you some problems – sorry, but it’s true – you can grumble about them and give up or you can muster all your creativity and do a Disney, use new limitations to create a work of genius. Turn your star into a legend.
On my birthday I sat down, as I usually do, and spent some time with my goals: Heath, finance, relationships, creative projects etc. a bit more detail HERE
A few weeks later, I had changed NOTHING. That voice in my head, the one who sounds like a drill sergeant, yells “YOU JUST DON’T WANT IT BADLY ENOUGH!”. I realized he was right. I don’t want it badly enough, I’m not lazy, or unmotivated, or unclear, I’m…wait for it…HAPPY.
It was a life changing moment. That was a month ago. Interestingly enough, since that day, I’ve maintained an exercise program and dropped some weight, finished a rough draft of my next book, and launched a new seminar.
There’s something powerful about knowing that I’m working from a place of contentment.
Before you head out on any life changes, great or small, ask yourself how badly you want it, and listen to the answer.
I’m making small, but effective changes that are paying off. Life is good and I’m working to make it better. This for me (at this point) is authentic and it’s working for me.
Sometimes our goals and the route to them is clear, more often than not, there’s something in the way. We can stand in the fog waiting for the entire route to become clear or we can start moving forward, as we do, a little more of the path keeps revealing itself.
If we sit around waiting for the entire path to get clear, we’re going to have a long wait and we’re going to be late. Get moving, the path will reveal itself as we walk it.