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23 Inspirational Quotes From Disney Films That Will Teach You The Most Valuable Life Lessons

23 Inspirational Quotes From Disney Films That Will Teach You The Most Valuable Life Lessons
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We’d all somehow influenced by Disney Films as we were growing up. Did you realize that there were life lessons behind some Disney movies? Here’re 23 inspirational quotes from Disney films that will teach you the most valuable life lessons.

1. Knowing how to laugh at yourself instead of blaming for your own weaknesses will make you happier. No one’s perfect after all.

To laugh yourself is to love yourself. – Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse

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    2. You’ll never find something better if you stay in your comfort zone.

    “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” – Rapunzel,Tangled

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      3. The hardest things teach you the most important lessons. If you can get over the challenge, you’ll enter another stage of life, a better one.

      “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” – Timothy Mouse, Dumbo

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        4. You’re responsible for your life, so face your problems bravely.

        “You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” – Merida, Brave

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          5. Forgetting maybe the easiest way to deal with the past, but learning from it is what you should do.

          “Oh yes the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it” – Rafiki, Lion King

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            6. Life’s full of ups and downs, you just have to deal with it and keep going.

            “When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” – Dory, Finding Nemo

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              7. You will be what you want to be, don’t let others decide for you.

              “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Gusteau, Ratatouille

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                8. If you want something to happen, make it happen with your actions.

                “Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you.” – Tiana, Princess and the Frog

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                  9. You have to go through the most difficult times to grow better and stronger.

                  “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor, Mulan

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                    10. Your life belongs to you, take your own way and don’t follow others’ paths.

                    “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.” – Pocahontas, Pocahontas

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                      11. Don’t give up believing because your beliefs will lead you to where you want to be.

                      “No matter how your heart is grieving, If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella, Cinderella

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                        12. Let go of what you can’t change and focus on what you can work on.

                        “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead. Now go up and look around!” – Gusteau, Ratatouille

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                          13. Don’t underestimate your ability. You just need to tell yourself you can, and you can!

                          “Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become.” – Mufasa, The Lion King.

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                            14. Relationships take time and patience. Sometimes you just need to let time lead the way for you.

                            “You can’t force someone to like you. It takes time for friendship to grow.” – Cody, Suite Life of Zack and Cody

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                              15. Works are endless, do what you can and stop worrying so much.

                              “When there’s too much to do, don’t let it bother you. Forget your troubles.” -Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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                                16. Believe that you can and you’re half way there.

                                “I am on my way. I can go the distance! I don’t care how far. Somehow I’ll be strong I know. Every mile will be worth my while. I would go most anywhere to find where I belong.” – Hercules, Hercules

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                                  17. Things and people are not what they seem. Don’t judge anything or anyone before you fully understand them.

                                  “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” Aladdin, Aladdin

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                                    18. Be patient because miracles do happen every day.

                                    “Even miracles take a little time.” Fairy Godmother, Cinderella

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                                      19. Learning history is not to learn what happened before, but to learn from the previous mistakes so that the history will not repeat.

                                      “Man has always learned from the past. After all, you can’t learn history in reverse!” – Archimedes, The Sword in the Stone

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                                        20. When you truly love someone, you know it’s worth it to sacrifice for them.

                                        “Some people are worth melting for.” – Olaf, Frozen

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                                          21. The littlest act of kindness you do can change the world.

                                          “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

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                                            22. When you’ve done best for your own part, you just need to have faith for what’s coming.

                                            All it takes is faith and trust. – Peter Pan, Peter Pan

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                                              23. Family means we all stay together, no matter what.

                                              Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten. – Lilo, Lilo and stitch

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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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