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We bet you were feeling pretty pumped about your 2016
NY resolution last week. Did you start a 'detox' and join the gym? Or
maybe you finally enrolled in that TAFE NSW diploma you've been
Today you might be feeling a little less enthusiastic, those goals
may seem less achievable and your motivation has dropped. If you can
relate, you're certainly not alone, according to TIME magazine a
mere 42% of us stick to our NY resolutions. Those who do succeed tend
to set more realistic goals and find ways to stay motivated
like attending events, joining clubs or finding a buddy that will keep
them in check.
The TIME study also found that when we feel positive and inspired
it's easier to find the drive to tick things off your 'to do' list;
and what's more inspiring than a good film (*cough* rhetorical question)?
So, because it's raining out there (and what else would you rather be
doing on a miserable day?) we're sharing our favourite tear jerking,
thought provoking films to perk you up and inspire you.
I first watched this film as an 11 year old and even then I was
inspired by the character of Forrest. From the onset he is shown as
what some might call dim-witted but his emotional intelligence,
honesty and selflessness send an impactful message – there's more than
one form of ‘smart'. Through tragedy, heartache and failure Forrest
defines his own destiny. By following his passion, loving deeply,
having unwavering faith in people and not overcomplicating things he
created a life that most of us would envy.
[quote]"Mama always said, you have to do the best with what God
gave you." – Forrest Gump.[/quote]
I can't remember when I first saw this movie, but it wasn't long
after it was released. The type of movie where the story draws itself
out, requiring patience from the viewer to let it unfold. Nothing is
as it seems...and certainly not Andy Dufrense. What inspires me? The
core theme that the main character (Andy) never gives up, despite
harsh adversities. He knuckles down and finds a solution to his
problem. He doesn't play the victim...just makes the best of what he
has, to do what needs to be done.
[quote]"Get busy living, or get busy dying." - Andy Dufresne[/quote]
Based on the true story of Christopher Gardner. The Pursuit of
Happiness is the story of a struggling salesman living on the streets
with his young son. Despite rejection, shame and a mountain of
challenges Gardner, armed with nothing but determination, goes from
living on the streets to becoming a Wall Street broker.
[quote]"Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do
something. Not even me" - Christopher Gardner[/quote]
A small town boy named Hogarth Hughes discovers a giant iron robot in
the 1950s at the height of nuclear terror threat. A gentle friend, a
powerful weapon – Hogarth teaches the Iron Giant the joys of life and
the importance of a peaceful existence.
[quote]"It's bad to kill. Guns kill. And you don't have to be a
gun. You are what you choose to be." – Hogarth Hughes[/quote]
A brilliant tale about imagination, loss, determination to overcome
life's harsh obstacles, and animals! A visually stunning movie with
great insights into how to accept the life you are living, plus some
brilliant storytelling by Yann Martel (Adult Pi).
[quote]"To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to
choosing immobility as a means of transportation." ― Pi[/quote]