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30 Disney Quotes To Inspire Everyone

30 Disney Quotes To Inspire Everyone
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Disney quotes that foster healthy relationships:

“I’d rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you.” – John, melting our hearts in Pocahontas.

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    “Some people are worth melting for.” – Olaf, being adorable and reminding us what’s important in Frozen.

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      “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” – Thumper, keeping us out of arguments in Bambi.

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        “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – Stitch is such a sweetheart, teaching us the number one rule in Lilo & Stitch.

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          “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.” – Olaf, dishing out the romance again (this guy is definitely boyfriend material) in Frozen.

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            “You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – John laps up a few life lessons about how to treat people right, with words of advice from the darling Pocahontas.

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              Disney quotes that will keep your chin up.

              “It means no worries, for the rest of your days.” – Timone and Pumba, keeping us all super chill in The Lion King,

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                “You’re never too old to be young.” – She’s got that right, you’re as young as you feel. Thanks for reminding us, Snow White.

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                  “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small. And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all.” – You said it, Elsa. We just need a little holiday and everything will be fine. I mean, it all worked out in Frozen, right?

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                    “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” – This chubby little captain found the secret of happiness so that you didn’t have to, in Wall-e.

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                      “Cheer up, child. It will turn out all right in the end.” – Mrs Potts, thanks for comforting us, you dear old thing. Beauty and the Beast keeps us calm and upbeat

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                        “Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities. Forget about your worries and your strife.” – Thanks, Baloo. You big lovable bear. You wrote this wise old Jungle Book.

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                          Disney quotes that motivate ambition:

                          “Don’t just fly, soar.” – Because that lovable little elephant can do anything. Thanks, Dumbo.

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                            “Look inside yourself. You are more than what you have become.” – Mufasa, telling it like it is, and dolling out the tough love in The Lion King.

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                              “Anything can happen, if you let it.” – Mary Poppins, that teacher who never gave up on you and made you feel you could rule the world.

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                                “Remember, you’re the one that can fill the world with sunshine.” – Thanks, Snow White. We CAN make the world a better place!

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                                  “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney (on the left) was a funny old fella, but this quote from the man himself is enough to set anyone’s feet on fire.

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                                    “You don’t lose hope, love. If you lose hope, you lose everything.” – Mrs Potts, keeping us going, no matter what happens in Beauty and the Beast.

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                                      Disney quotes full of wisdom that you’ll pass onto your kids:

                                      “Sometimes, the right path is not the easiest one.” – Grandmother Willow, being all wise because, well, she’s a tree… in Pocahontas.

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                                        “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” – You said it, Mr Emperor of China, in Mulan.

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                                          “Always let your conscience be your guide.” – The Blue Fairy, keeping us moral in Pinnochio.

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                                            “Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.” – He may be made of stone, but at least Laverne ain’t no hollow-head. He’s a wise old bean in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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                                              “Things will look better in the morning.” – Baloo, you know your stuff. Teaching us that a bit of sleep is always a good option in The Jungle Book.

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                                                “Remember who you are.” – Mufasa’s ghost says all the right things. We’d do well to listen to these words of advice from The Lion King.

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                                                  Disney quotes that gave you girl power:

                                                  “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.” – That feisty Meg brought out your inner feminist from an early age in Hercules.

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                                                    “Ladies do not start fights, but they can finish them.” –  Marie, showing us how we can be powerful and feminine, in The AristoCats.

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                                                      “There must be more than this provincial life!” – Belle, breaking free of those patriarchal restrictions, in Beauty and the Beast. You read those books, girl!

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                                                        “How about a girl who’s got a brain. Who always speaks her mind?” – Oh love, Disney had been waiting for you to come along and march the girl-power brigade. So, thanks, Mulan.

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                                                          “I am Merida, first born of Clan DunBroch, and I’ll be shooting for my own hand!” – Anyone want to fight this girl on this one? Of course not, because she’s got a bow and arrow in her hand and she knows how to use it. You go, Merida, ball-busting all the way through Brave.

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                                                            “I ask for nothing. I can get by. But I know so many less lucky than I. Please help my people, the poor and downtrodden.” – Esmerelda shows us how to be strong and kind in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. What a doll.

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                                                              How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

                                                              How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)
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                                                              You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

                                                              Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

                                                              Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

                                                              Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

                                                              1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

                                                              According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

                                                              “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

                                                              Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

                                                              Warming up

                                                              If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

                                                              If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

                                                              Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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                                                              1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
                                                              2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
                                                              3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

                                                              Stay hydrated

                                                              Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

                                                              To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

                                                              Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

                                                              Meditate

                                                              Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

                                                              Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

                                                              Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

                                                              Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

                                                              2. Focus on your goal

                                                              One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

                                                              Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

                                                              Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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                                                              Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

                                                              If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

                                                              3. Convert negativity to positivity

                                                              There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

                                                              ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

                                                              It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

                                                              Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

                                                              Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

                                                              Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

                                                              4. Understand your content

                                                              Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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                                                              However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

                                                              “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

                                                              Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

                                                              Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

                                                              One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

                                                              5. Practice makes perfect

                                                              Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

                                                              In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

                                                              Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

                                                              6. Be authentic

                                                              There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

                                                              Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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                                                              Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

                                                              To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

                                                              With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

                                                              Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

                                                              7. Post speech evaluation

                                                              Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

                                                              Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

                                                              We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

                                                              You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

                                                              Improve your next speech

                                                              As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

                                                              Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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                                                              • How did I do?
                                                              • Are there any areas for improvement?
                                                              • Did I sound or look stressed?
                                                              • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
                                                              • Was I saying “um” too often?
                                                              • How was the flow of the speech?

                                                              Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

                                                              If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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