Why is it that when characters in our favorite movies are up against a powerful enemy, there’s always an ensuing motivational speech that leads them to victory? I don’t know, but I love it! When you’re feeling down or when you need to get pumped up, just take a look at a few of my favorites.
We face challenges every day of our lives. Whether these challenges are brought on by circumstances we have no control over, or simply our own personal weaknesses, they can stand in the way of the achievement we work so hard for. So how do we face those challenges? What mindset will help us get through them?
There are a few lessons that can be learned from Hollywood of all places. And while these speeches may simple live on in the fiction of our imaginations, that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to take them and use them for whatever benefit they may provide.
So what makes these speeches so great? Well first, think about the consequences of each group’s actions. They are risking their own mortality. They are facing the worst case scenario. Or are they? The thing is, to them losing is not an option. Failure would be worse than death. That is what they all have to realize. Each speech focuses on something worth more to them than their lives, and in doing so effectively motivates them beyond their own fears of death.
In each case, life isn’t on the line, freedom is. Have you ever noticed how the goals we set for ourselves are in a sense, to gain more freedom? We set goals for the freedom that comes with a healthier lifestyle, for the freedom that comes with career success, for the freedom to no longer be bogged down with challenges that we face. But how many times does the fear of failure keep us from fighting for these freedoms in the first place?
What if we were to think about our goals this way? That living with them unaccomplished would be worse than failure? I’m sure many of you would agree that this is the case. We strive for greatness because we know that we want it more than anything else. Since we don’t necessarily face death each day, we seem to delay putting forth our best efforts.
Remember, failure isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you. Living with a lifetime of uncertainty, wondering how much better life could have been had we just given it our all that one time, is far worse. Change your attitude today. Don’t fear failure. There are worse things than failure. Fight as if more than just your life was at risk.