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What Marvel Heroes Taught Me About Success

What Marvel Heroes Taught Me About Success

There is definitely nothing more empowering than watching your favorite Marvel hero save the day and, at the same time, discover some key lessons that helped them succeed. Minor or major, all Marvel heroes stick to you like glue. They make sure that the mission is accomplished, even if they end up giving their lives in the process. I was able to watch all the Marvel movies that have come out in the past few years. Each one was full of life-changing success lessons that helped me push through in accomplishing my own goals.

Life is, indeed, simple. You just have to get some encouragement from time to time, so you can get your act straight. Wouldn’t you appreciate it more if a Marvel hero was the one encouraging you?

1. Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider)

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     “My daddy once said, ‘If you don’t make a choice, the choice makes you.’” ~ Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider)

    Ghost Rider’s quote made me realize that I should take control of my life. If I master how to do that, then I will most certainly reach my goals. The choice takes control if I let it dictate whatever I do–if it becomes who I am. Choosing to make my choice makes me the one with the remote. I don’t become a zombie slave to my work.

    2. Phil Coulson

     

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      “Don’t ever tell me there’s no way.” ~ Phil Coulson

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      This is a quote I got from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, which expresses Phil Coulson’s leadership and compassion. In this episode, Mike Peterson was about to explode and Coulson was assessing possible solutions. The compassion that Coulson showed in this moment is very strong. He cares for Peterson enough to refuse that the situation is a dead end. Coulson’s leadership is also shown here because he demands a solution, though the situation at hand may look bleak. Coulson tells me that if you really want a way out, you should not surrender to the hopelessness of the situation. This continuously makes not want to give up and keep looking for possible solutions, no matter what type of challenge it is that I am dealing with. 

      3. Colonel James Rhodes (The Iron Patriot)

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        “I am not afraid of you!” ~ Colonel James Rhodes

        When James Rhodes said this in Iron Man 3, I was moved because fear has always been there in every challenge I face. Overcoming my fear is definitely a major factor in making sure that I fulfill my duties and responsibilities well. I have taken what Rhodey said as one of my mantras. With it, I take on any challenge with confidence and strength of character. I know that, in the end, success is my choice. 

        4. Nick Fury

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          “Until such time as the world ends.” ~ Nick Fury

          I have always perceived Nick Fury as a strong leader. He wants to get everything done his way and, ultimately, it is the best way. This quote inspires me to keep on going, no matter what happens. I should keep on moving on and perform my best every single day. Even if there are trials, I should see them as minor glitches and not as major hurdles. 

          5. Bruce Banner (The Hulk)

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            “I’m always angry.” ~ Bruce Banner (The Hulk)

            Always being angry here is Bruce Banner’s way of telling people that he has already taken control of The Hulk. This tells me that, in order to succeed in life, I should have control over my demons. I should take over and know what I want. Only then, would I be able to use my power to reach my goals. 

            6. Professor X

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              “Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they can’t be saved.” ~ Professor X

              Professor X tells me here that everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes are important. If I make them, what matters would be how I surpass it and correct it, to recover from the situation. This is one vital success lesson because what Professor X said makes me want to stand up again, even if I do stumble and lose my path. 

              7. Thor

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                “There will never be a wiser king than you.” ~ Thor

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                This quote by Thor tells me that in order for me to become more than I am, I should be ready to accept that I still have many things to learn. I should regard those who are more experienced than I am as role models and as sources of valuable knowledge. Thor also tells me here to humble myself because even if I am already good at what I do, I should always acknowledge the fact that there will always be better people. And this fact makes me go further in improving my craft.

                8. Natasha Romanoff (The Black Widow)

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                  “I’m working.” ~ Natasha Romanoff (The Black Widow)

                  Her simple quote is one of my success lessons because when I am working, I should be productive. What I am doing should produce results. Natasha is the best at what she does because she focuses. That focus is one of the most important success lessons to remember. 

                  9. Tony Stark (Iron Man)

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                    “I AM Iron Man.” ~ Tony Stark (Iron Man)

                    Tony Stark knew what he was doing when he told the world who he really was. Telling the whole world that he is Iron Man is beyond arrogance and egoism. This means that he is there, accepting the responsibility of defending the world against evildoers. Being ready for big responsibilities is an important success lesson for me.

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                    10. Steve Rogers (Captain America)

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                      “I am just a kid from Brooklyn.” ~ Steve Rogers (Captain America)

                      A huge part of all success lessons is being able to stay humble. Maintaining your feet firmly rooted to the ground makes you think more clearly and do things with more heart. If you remember where you came from, like Steve, you will surely understand and appreciate what you have achieved.

                      The success lessons I was able to harvest from the Marvel movies I’ve watched showed me sides of my personality that I never even knew existed. They brought out the fight in me most of the time, especially when times really got sticky for me. With all the success lessons that I have now put together, it clearly shows that the Marvel heroes made a huge difference in my life and they can definitely have an impact in your life as well.

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                      How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

                      How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

                      Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

                      However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

                      Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

                      Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

                      Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems, why?

                      What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

                      To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

                      The Biology

                      Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

                      Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

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                      The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

                      A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

                      Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

                      So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

                      Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

                      Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

                      Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

                      Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

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                      The Psychology

                      Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

                      Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

                      Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

                      Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

                      What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

                      Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

                      Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

                      1. Identify Your Habits

                      As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

                      2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

                      Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

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                      It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

                      3. Apply Logic

                      You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

                      Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

                      4. Choose an Alternative

                      As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

                      Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

                      5. Remove Triggers

                      Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

                      Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

                      6. Visualize Change

                      Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

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                      For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

                      7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

                      Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

                      Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

                      Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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