A few weeks ago my grand daughter convinced me to take her to the new Disney movie, the Princess and the Frog. I am not one for going to the movies because I usually fall asleep during the previews. True to form, a minute or two into the previews and I started to fall asleep. My grand daughter gave me a nudge and said “wake up grand ma, wake up”
I was prepared for your typical Disney movie about a princess being rescued by the handsome prince; a prince that was going to give her a perfect “happily-ever-after”. But I was, however, pleasantly surprised. Not only had Disney featured it’s first African American princess but depicted a princess with a mind of her own. She had a vision for her life and was not going to allow anyone or anything to take away her focus. She was courageous and willing to take risks for her goals and ignored those who did not share her passions.
Some of the reviewers were not happy that Disney’s first African American princess was a frog for almost the entire movie and others felt that the portrayal of a young girl in the pursuit of another person’s dream was not a positive influence for suggestible young girls. Tiana’s dad had a dream to open a restaurant but he died before he could make his dream real. The restaurant was was going to be called Tiana’s Place and he already had the location picked out. I am not going to address the intricate details of the movie. I will not be discussing all of the storyline or most of the characters in the movie.
My focus is on the princess called Tiana and the life lessons I took away from this character. These lessons are not new but serve as a reminder of habits I need to keep in my toolkit for life. I invite YOU to add these habits to your toolkit for life – your success will surely multiply.
Here are the life lessons that I garnered from the character Princess Tiana.
Having a vision
Vision is the art of seeing what’s invisible to others – Jonathan Swift
It is important to have a crystal clear vision for your personal life and for your business. Not having a vision is synonymous to setting out on a hiking trip without preparation. You having no idea where you are going. You don’t know what equipment you should take, what attire you should be wearing, what tools or resources you’ll need for surviving the elements, you will encounter on this particular trip. This spells disaster doesn’t it?
Tiana had a vision – she wanted to fulfill her dad’s dream of opening a restaurant. She envisioned the location and look, the type of food she was going to serve, the clientele she was going to attract and the music that was going to be a back drop. She had a crystal clear vision of all the minute details of her restaurant down to the ambiance and the decor.
You too, should have a detailed vision for your successful life. I suggest you get pen, paper, pictures and whatever you choose and like a movie director create the vision for your business and your personal life.
Lights Camera Action – You need to take action to receive your goals for your vision.
The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs. ~Vance Havner
Tiana focused on her intention and her vision was clear. She needed money to purchase the real estate for her restaurant. She did not have a trust account. She did not have any investors. Who’s going to lend money to a girl from her neck of the woods? Tiana did not focus on the lack; she focused on abundance and possibilities. She had a strategy in place and leveraged her time. She worked and saved her money. She gave up opportunities that were not in alignment with her goal. She was confident and courageously took risks to manifest her money.
What goals do you need to receive to create the vision you have for your life? Take the time right now to write down your goals. If you don’t have the confidence to receive your goals – then you need to do what’s necessary to boost your confidence level and become unstoppable for your success.
Follow your passion, and success will follow you. ~Arthur Buddhold
Tiana was passionate about dream and her purpose was to make her dads dream real. When she spoke of her restaurant her voice was filled with passion. Her passion was evident in her walk and when she talked. You couldn’t help but want for her what she desired for herself. I wanted to reach out to her and say “here Tiana, here is the money for your dream.”
If you are not passionate about your purpose – you need to re define your intention and get in touch with what you are good at. What is your brilliance? Your brilliance will make you passionate and purposeful.
Take time to smell the roses.
As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. – Ben Hogan
Tiana had a road map for making her dream real. However, she was willing to take time out to give her attention to those in need. Even though it was not part of the plan, she allowed love to come into her life. She formed new alliances and relationships. And when her old friends needed her, she took time out to give them a hand. The map was created for Tania and not the other way around.
You should strive to have balance in your life. Balance does not mean equal time – it means some time. Take time out for your friends and family and take time out to be with you. Take time to enjoy and appreciate the scenery along your journey for success.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford
When Tiana encountered distractions, naysayers, drawbacks, set backs and the like she stayed laser focused on her vision. Even after she was turned into a frog – Tiana remained the same at the core. She exuded kindness; she was gentle and loving but fiercely determined to have her life back. The life she had envisioned for herself as a human and a successful restaurateur. With her determination and the support of her friends and love ones – Tiana brought her dream to life – her restaurant became a reality.
How do you handle setbacks and breakdowns along your road to success? Tiana being turned into a frog is a metaphor for life. Your goals may not happen exactly as you have envisioned. However, if you remain flexible, and you are willing to adapt, then taking a detour will not be a big deal. If you remain passionately focused and true to who you are – Like Tiana, your vision will be realized.
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Thought Stimulator: Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Mark Twain
As always, I appreciate your visit. Have you seen The Princess and Frog? If so, what are your feelings about the movie? If not, are you planning to see it? – Please share!
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