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12 Life Lessons I Learned from the Film Frozen

12 Life Lessons I Learned from the Film Frozen

Disclaimer: This article has a lot of spoilers in it so if you haven’t seen Frozen yet, you better take a pause from reading this article, watch the movie, and then get back to this piece. You can even start a discussion after reading if you want. 

To say that Frozen is a successful film would be an understatement. With a box office earnings of about one billion dollars, two Academy awards, and a powerful soundtrack that everyone played until they got sick of it (side note: they didn’t get sick of it), the movie won the hearts of everyone who watched it. Also, the fact that it didn’t stick to the Prince-Charming-Saves-Damsel-in-Distress formula makes it more relatable in this age. It is so good that every known Frozen merchandise such as toys, clothes, and collectible items can be seen virtually everywhere both in physical and online stores. But apart from the quantifiable success achieved by the animated film, what really made people resonate with Frozen is the life lessons it portrayed. In this article, I listed 12 morals that I personally believe are reflected on the movie and how you can adapt these lessons in daily life.

1. Family comes first.

There are probably no siblings who never had an argument at least once in their lives, but once the dust has settled and they decided that their best playmate is actually their sister or brother, order is restored. Anna may not know in the beginning that the reason why Elsa was cut off from everyone else was because her big sister accidentally put her life in danger, but this didn’t stop her from reaching out to Elsa and from setting off to find her after she left the palace and put Arendelle on a state of eternal winter. Regardless of whom you consider family—whether it’s the ones you share a DNA strain with or the ones whom you choose to call kin—Frozen teaches us to look after each other especially when you know that you’re the only ones who can.

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2. Accept your children for who they are.

Elsa and Anna’s parents may have passed away ten minutes to the movie, which was really sad, but they did a fairly great job at raising the princesses to be the loving and well-mannered women they became. The King and Queen did not dismiss Elsa’s powers, and while they evidently believed that it was best for everyone to isolate her until she can control her gift, Elsa’s parents helped her in the best way they can. It can be difficult seeing how your kid is different from other children but one of the best ways to help them is by acknowledging their unique characteristics as a blessing.

3. Never apologize for being yourself.

Unless you take pleasure in making other people miserable, be comfortable in your skin every waking hour of your life. Just look at Anna. She may not exactly be the prim and proper princess we’ve become used to but you have to admit that as far as princesses go, her sense of humor and being adventurous works like a breath of fresh air. Besides, you can’t please everyone, so why bother? For as long as you love yourself enough to show your true colors and not maligning other people’s sensibilities, by all means let your freak flag fly.

4. Just because people shut you out doesn’t mean they hate you.

It doesn’t take rocket science to realize that Elsa didn’t want to stop building snowmen with Anna or to not have a social life. However, her isolation led her to believe that the only way she can protect the people she cared about is by staying away from them. And since Anna had no memory of the accident they had when they were little, she took Elsa’s elusion the wrong way—that she did something wrong that upset her big sister. It took a major confrontation and a slew of icicles before Anna found out why her sister has been locked up in her room for a long time. People who are comfortable with being alone are often mistaken for not wanting to blend with others when in truth they are just enjoying their solitude and that sometimes, you don’t even factor into that equation.

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5. Communicate.

In an alternate universe, the catastrophe that happened to Arendelle wouldn’t have happened if only Elsa opened up to Anna; after all she’s the only family left to her. Unfortunately, the young queen chose to bottle up her emotions and would rather deal with it on her own than to drag everyone she loves into the mess that is her feelings. In Elsa’s defense, sparing Anna from getting hurt (or possibly killed) signifies her love for her sister but it took her a near-death experience to realize that she didn’t have to go through all of it alone. The point is this: it’s perfectly all right if you want to spend time wallowing in your sadness but it wouldn’t hurt if you get help from people who are actually willing to give it to you—even if it’s just someone who will listen to you rant.

6. Exercise self-control.

One of the side effects of Elsa successfully shutting people out and suppressing her emotions was the latter’s going beyond her control and blowing up in her face. It also led her to make hasty decisions such as wandering off the forest alone, throwing her sister and company from the castle she built, and nearly killing one of the Weselton Duke’s henchmen. The thing is the more Elsa told herself not to feel, the more she wasn’t able to control her emotions. Despite being overwhelmed by emotions, it helps when you make sense of a situation before making a move. This way, you have complete rein of your feelings because you know what triggers them and therefore make rational decisions based not just on emotions alone but also logic.

7. Be nice to people.

Kristoff learned this lesson the hard way when he called Oaken a nasty name. Granted that he was frustrated with the winter slowing his business down and with the inflation but calling Oaken a crook was uncalled for. Kristoff’s exasperation was of course warranted but what he didn’t consider was the Oaken’s business was also going through the same crunches that his ice business is in. Not getting what you want doesn’t give you the license to be rude to anyone. All of us have our own daily battles to fight and you can do other people and yourself a favor by simply being nice, despite hard times.

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8. Channel your emotions in a constructive manner.

There are people who get satisfaction in swearing, breaking things, and hurting others when they are hurt, sad, or afraid. While this can be considered normal by others, it can also be destructive. When Elsa finally let it go, her powers carved the ice-capped mountain with ornate formations and even played God by breathing life to a snowman. However, her contemplating after sending Anna away made the castle dark and full of ice structures worthy of a villain’s headquarters. The point is if you find yourself thinking and feeling a lot of things at a time, you can try to find a way to channel it constructively.

9. Allow yourself to dream.

One of the things that endeared us to Olaf was his unadulterated optimism. Surely he didn’t have any experience with heat but it was his naiveté that affords him to dream big. Olaf imagined a summer where he doesn’t melt, and when he finally gets to experience heat, he didn’t mind staying with Anna even if the both of them were hanging by a thread. If you think about it, these scenes resonate with how people can pursue their dreams—by knowing what it is that you want, doing everything you can to get it, and sometimes even risking your safety just to achieve it.

10. Love doesn’t always happen on the first strike.

The song Anna and Hans shared was definitely catchy and cheesy but the thing is not everyone finds true love on the first take. You may find someone who fits your standards perfectly but they may still not be the one for you—especially if they just want to be with you because of reasons that aren’t love. If you have found the right person for you then hold on to him/her for dear life, but if you have to meet him/her yet, exercise precaution. Ask yourself why you want to be in a relationship and if you’re ready to take on the responsibilities that come along with the intimacy you’re looking for. Don’t sign up for a relationship just for the sake of being in one or to fill some void caused by other things and therefore require a specific solution.

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11. Relationships take a lot of work.

One of the things that affirm the love between Anna and Kristoff is the fact that they overcame challenges together, and while having fun, too. Their friendship and its victories made it easier for them to shift into a more intimate kind of relationship and it didn’t even take place until things in Arendelle went back to normal. Finishing each other’s sandwiches may be nice but a person who is willing to weather death with and for you is definitely more attractive. Being in a relationship is always a mixture of storms and rainbows, of moments where you think and move in synchrony and of ugly fights. Only those who are willing to work through these together can truly enjoy the purpose of having a partner.

12. True love has different faces.

The main characters of Frozen love making sacrifices—Elsa shutting herself in to protect Anna, Kristoff sending Anna home to Hans, Olaf melting by the fireplace so that he could keep Anna company, and Anna giving up her life so that Elsa could live. All of these acts are proof that true love can be shown in different ways. And that while we’re used to the symbolism of a boy and a girl ending up together, Frozen showed us that it’s not the only face of true love that we need.

Do you know of other lessons shown in Frozen that helped you improve your way of looking at things? Share us your stories by writing a comment below.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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