How Movies Can Inspire You to Stay True to Your
By Maria Grace, Ph.D.
There is no accomplishment that has not been tested by life.
Success is never a pain-free process. If you have a dream and
want to see it come through, you must be ready to show faith in
it, during the darkest, most difficult moments. How many of you
reached a point when you said “Enough! I give up!” I
I am one among you. But, the truth is that, if you persevere,
if you go past the “I give up” phase, if you affirm
in your dream, then the Invisible Examiner will see that you are
serious about your purpose and will grant you success. Remember,
the only way to pass the Examiner’s test is to show faith
Here’s how you do it:
Faith Is Like Love: You Must Prove It with Actions
When you love someone with all your heart, you accept that person
as who he or she is, including their imperfections and shortcomings.
You don’t say “I love you for this, but I hate you
right? And, when the person you love needs your help you do give
it, unconditionally. The same happens with faith. When you have
faith in your dream, you do so despite the challenges your dream
will bring in your path. It’s your dream and it depends only
your actions to fulfill it. So, when the path to fulfillment gets
rough, you don’t give up. You show faith, much as you show
for someone when they are going through a hard time that makes
that person difficult to deal with.
An example of unshakable faith is J. K. Rowling, the author of“
Harry Potter”. She wrote most of her first “Harry Potter” book
in coffee shops, because they were heated and she could not afford
to pay for heat in her apartment. A single mother without childcare,
she carried her baby daughter in a stroller that she kept by her
side while writing away Harry Potter’s story, moved by an
need to continue on until her book was finished. When she submitted
her book, it was at first rejected by a number of publishers.
She never gave up. Showing faith in her dream through actions,
she persevered. She knew all along that writing Harry Potter was
her only option, even though she had no way of proving that it
would ever become such a tremendous, tremendous success. Her faith
in her dream was so strong that lit her path even when it seemed
completely dark and hopeless to others. She passed all the tests
of her Invisible Examiner with flying colors, until she proved
that her faith was stronger than her challenges.
How to Pass the Test of Faith in Your Dream
You too can you show unshakable faith in your dream! Here are
some tips to follow when the Examiner tests you and wants to see
that you mean business:
- Meditate. Use silence to connect with your inner core, your
creative source, and draw strength and inspiration to pursue
- Stay connected with your dream. Write it as a statement
and read it again and again. Or create a collage or a drawing
dream, and keep it in a visible place, so you can see it frequently.
It’s amazing how much this simple activity can re-energize
- Talk with your inner mentor, or reach out
to your physical mentor. In Reel Fulfillment: A 12-Step Plan for Transforming
Your Life through Movies, I walk you through the steps of doing
- Talk to an ally. This can be a friend, a coach, your
minister, someone you trust and who cares about you.
- Keep checking your results. Keep a log of your progress,
to remind yourself how far you have come since you began pursuing
- Ask yourself: “Would I want to go back to where I was
I started pursuing my heart’s desire?” Answer honestly,
through your mind all the aspects of your former life. As long
as your answer is, “No way!” you’re on the
- Watch a film with your favorite character who also inspires
you. Afterwards, have an imaginary dialogue with him or her.
In Reel Fulfillment I show you how to do that.
- Do one thing that brings your closer to your
dream when your faith is challenged. This is how you show your
that you are not shunned by tests. For example, if you want
to be a famous author but your manuscript just got rejected,
a short article and publish it in a local newspaper, or on
the Internet. You will feel better and continue to look for
who will accept your manuscript.
How Movies Can Help You Stay True to Your Dreams
As your faith in your dreams is challenged, tested
and questioned, movies can be great allies to keep you on track.
This is what
you can do: from the following list, pick one or more movies and
watch them alone or with friends.
- Field of Dreams
- October Sky
- Billy Elliot
- Working Girl
- Real Women Have Curves
Questions to answer:
- What is the main character’s dream and
what challenges he/she
- Through what concrete actions does the main character
show faith in his/her dream?
- How does the universe help the main character after he/she
passes the test of Faith?
- How does the character inspire you to strengthen faith
in your dream?
- Now that you watched this movie, what will you
do differently to stay true to your dream? •
© 2005 Maria Grace
About the Author
Maria Grace, Ph.D., is
an expert at teaching life improvement
strategies using lessons from popular movies. She is a Fulbright
scholar, psychotherapist and coach in private practice, and the
author of Reel Fulfillment: A 12-Step Plan for Transforming Your
Life through Movies. For more information, visit www.mariagrace.com and www.reelfulfillment.com 10/01/05