Have you ever paid close attention to the music you listen to? Music is all around us: on the radio, in movies, in our CD/Tape/MP3 player and at events. Music has a powerful way of triggering emotions in us. Sometimes a song will remind us of people, places or events. Other times, the music itself (the key, tempo, style or lyrics) can make us feel a certain way. Some even say that listening to certain types of music (mainly classical) will make you smarter or more productive (the Baby Einstein Company made a fortune out of this concept).
Many of the clips that I’ve used for this feature have typically been videos that are very male oriented. So for a change of pace, we’ll look at some videos from the Disney Princesses. Now Disney has created a new multibillion dollar brand around their princesses which includes movies, clothing and even changes to some of their popular theme parks. Weddings are a huge business for the theme parks (ever visit the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World?) so Disney Princesses aren’t just for little girls anymore – the company recently shifted their marketing mix for the brand to also target adult women.
Many goal setting exercises have you look ahead to the winter of your life (sometimes as far as your deathbed) and ask you what you would have hoped to have accomplished by then. The point of it is to get you take a look at your life and see if the things that you’re doing are accomplishing the goals that mean the most to you.
When I’m at the end of my life, I imagine myself looking back at the various chapters of my life with “My Way”, that popular song written by Paul Anka and immortalized by Frank Sinatra, playing in the background.
I’ve always like the music in the song “Alive” by P.O.D. (which stands for Payable on Death) but when I listened to the words, I liked it even more. The first two lines of the song are “Every day is a new day, I’m thankful for every breath I take.” Here’s a video that shows the lyrics:
Everyone is talking about “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. Some call it a joke, others say it’s changed their lives. I’ve finally got my hands on the book and the movie and I’ll be reviewing them in the February issue of the Fast Results e-Zine.
If you’re not familiar with “The Secret,” it explains how you can attract the things that you want into your life. It has been featured on Oprah and Larry King and many of the contributors are best selling authors and motivational speakers.
I’ll publish an in-depth review in my monthly e-zine, but you can watch the first 20 minutes of the movie here:
“The Natural” is one of my favorite sports movies and is also full of inspiration. Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford, is a middle aged baseball player who is looking to get a second chance at stardom. As a youngster, he showed tremendous talent and carved his own special bat from a tree struck by lightning.
In his late teens, Roy heads off to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs. On the way to Chicago, he meets the top hitter in the major league and strikes him out with three pitches. This catches the attention of an alluring, but mad, woman who seduces him. She has an obsession to shoot the greatest baseball player (who she believes Hobbs to be) so she shoots Hobbs in the side, ending his chances of joining the major league.