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5 Life Lessons Taught By The Muppets

5 Life Lessons Taught By The Muppets


    I can’t imagine living in a world without The Muppets. Those cuddly, felt critters are like best friends you’ve known your entire life. They’re fun, they’re goofy, and they just fill you up with a warm feeling inside…don’t they?

    Thanks to Jason Segel and a host of other talented folks, the recent The Muppets movie was a big success for Disney, and Jim Henson’s fluffy family is back in the limelight. Henson’s creations started out as a fun way to teach children some basic ABCs, as well as important life lessons. But as with The Muppet Show, the craziness was kicked up a few notches.

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    Just because you’re too old for Sesame Street (and hopefully you already know your ABCs), that doesn’t mean you’re not too old to learn something. The Muppets are more than entertainers — they’re pretty good teachers too.

    Here’s a look at 5 life lessons you can learn from The Muppets.

    1. Have Fun

    Being shot out of a cannon. Throwing boomerang fish. Telling awful knock-knock jokes. If nothing else, the Muppets sure know how to have a good time. As we get older, life seems to get more serious. And yes, more responsibility can do that to a person.

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    But never forget to take a deep breath and just live a little. Have some fun!

    2. Hang in There

    Before the recent success of their newest movie, The Muppets were in limbo for well over a decade. No hit movies, very little merchandising — no one seemed to care or even know who they were. But Disney took a shot with the latest film, and they’re back in the minds and hearts of fans everywhere.

    Being persistent is a valuable trait. When life’s knocking you for a loop, just hang in there. Lean on your friends when the going gets real rough and know that the tough times will eventually pass. Before you know it, you’ll be back on your feet stronger than ever.

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    3. Be More Tolerant

    If a pig and a frog can get along, then you and your neighbor can get along. Everyone can use a bit more tolerance and acceptance in the world. Stop worrying so much about how much money someone makes, or what kind of job they have, or even the color of their skin. Just accept people as people. Yes, you may not like them all but you can even learn to love annoying people.

    If the whole world would just sit down together and watch a few episodes of The Muppet Show, maybe we’d see a lot more countries trading in their arms for whoopee cushions.

    4. Music Makes Everything Better

    The one thing you could always count on from The Muppets is that they could break into some huge song-and-dance number at any given moment. Whether it’s doing chores or working on some mundane task at work, crank up the tunes and you’ll see how much better you feel and how much faster time goes by.

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    5. Dream Big

    They didn’t need to connect with any rainbows to follow their dreams. The Muppets always have a dream and they do whatever it takes to get there, no matter how big, crazy or unreachable it is. Heading to Hollywood to make a big picture or even putting on a telethon to raise 10 million dollars. They may not have always reached their goals, but they certainly gave it their all. Follow their lead. Dream often. Dream big. Perhaps someday you’ll make it.

    You may not have ping pong balls for eyes or an awkwardly placed hand controlling your every movement, but you can still live your life the way The Muppets do. Have fun, spread the love and follow your dreams.

    (Photo credit: Helga Esteb via Shutterstock)

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      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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      Review Your Past Flow

      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

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