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My amuse bouche for you today is a light “dad joke” to entertain your mind before we get down to business. Like any other amuse bouche, you may hate it, but it is worth every penny that you paid for it, right?
A skeleton walks into a bar. He says to the bartender “give me a beer and a mop.”
Goal Success by Choice
Do you have dreams that you are trying to make come true? Do you have a goal that you are trying to crush? Success doesn’t happen by chance. You don’t have to get lucky or win the lottery to live the life of your dreams.
You just have to choose to be successful. If you make the right daily choices, adopt good habits and behaviors, and approach life with the right mindset, you can make your dreams come true.
Goal Success by Choice helps you make the choices that will move you closer to your goals and keep you from holding yourself back.
I hope this post helps you get a little closer to crushing your goals.
No Decision Zone
I don’t want to be in the mainstream. I don’t want to be a part of the demographics. I want to be an individual. I wear each of my films as a badge of pride. That’s why I cherish all my bad reviews. If the critics start liking my movies, then I’m in deep trouble.John Carpenter
The movie scene is very dimly lit and very quiet.
An innocent, frightened coed hears a noise and goes to inspect.
The music continues to get more and more suspenseful. You know something scary is about to happen.
She grabs a knife to protect herself, the music crescendos, and she whips open the door expecting to find an attacker on the other side. Nope, just an open window and the wind. The music stops, and you just hear her breathing and the wind.
Relieved, she puts the knife down and closes the door. When she does, the villain, a killer out for vengeance, is behind it and attacks. Blood flows everywhere. He has struck again.
Love them or hate them; this is the time of the year for horror movies. I really enjoy watching many of them, and they have just become part of the season’s tradition.
Whether or not you like slasher films, they are more than just a form of entertainment presenting the same few themes in different ways as a tool to get you between the gore scene. There are some hidden lessons about goal success built into these movies. Since it is that time of the year, I thought this would be the perfect time to review these lessons.
So, sit back, lock the door, turn down the lights, grab some popcorn and read about Goal Slasher Films.
Why’s He Doing This?!
In most famous horror movies, the villain experienced some horrible tragedy, usually as a child. This tragedy becomes the motivation for him (usually “him”) to go on his killing spree to seek revenge. How much less effective of a villain would he be if not for this backstory? What if he didn’t have a strong why?
Like the villain in the movie, you need to set a big goal driven by a big why. Your why need not be some tragic moment or significant trauma. But, the motivation behind your goal needs to be important to you, or you will give up before you achieve it.
Just so I am clear, your goal shouldn’t be seeking revenge by going on a killing spree. I can’t stress this enough!
How Can We Stop Him?!
Usually, the horror movie villain is not a track star or a big muscular bodybuilder. He doesn’t go running towards his victims. He doesn’t have super-human strength. In fact, he usually moves very slowly, steadily and deliberately towards his victims. Zombies, for example, are slow and usually just have average strength.
Just like the vicious killer in the movies, you don’t need to be the biggest, strongest, fastest or most talented person to achieve your goals. Moving at your own pace and persevering until you reach your goal is how you get there. Remember that the journey of thousand miles begins with just one step.
On a related note, don’t forget that the right equipment matters. Do your research on what tools you are going to need to achieve your goal. While you may not need a glove full of razor blades or even a machete, there may be knowledge or tools that can help you get to the finish line.
As a reminder, your goal shouldn’t be seeking revenge by going on a killing spree.
What Was That Sound?!
Many failures in horror movies come from ignoring signs of trouble.
“Oh, I thought I locked that door.”
“Wait, is the butcher knife missing.”
“Hmm, why isn’t the phone working?”
By ignoring these obvious signs of trouble, the victims in these movies put themselves in a position to become part of the killer’s body count. Just by being more aware of these signs, they may have been able to escape.
What signs of danger are you ignoring in your quest to achieve your goal? If you are trying to increase your net worth, are you missing that you are spending more than you are making? Are you ignoring that you tend to over-eat compared to your level of exercise? Are you trying to get a new job but are unaware that you have tons of misspellings on your resume?
By being more aware of ourselves and our environment, we increase the chances of success with our goals. Don’t let your goal become the next victim.
Let’s Get Out of Here?!
Have you seen the classic horror movie stereotype of the victim making bad decisions when trying to escape? Out jumps the killer, so the victim runs up the stairs instead of out the door. Or, instead of trying to escape, the victim just decides to hide under the bed or in the closet. Spoiler alert: that doesn’t end well for the victim.
When starting out on our journey to achieve any goal, we need to think about what might go wrong. What are those things that could happen that will stop us from succeeding? Then, it is time to make a plan. What can we do to respond if these things do happen? By thinking ahead and having a plan for when things go wrong, you won’t find yourself running to the basement instead of out the front door.
As I discussed in No Decision Zone, our brains are terrible at making decisions under stress. If you can think ahead and plan to respond to these problems, you can prevent the decision-making at the moment. This lets you leverage your good, thinking brain instead of your panic brain.
The End, Or Is It?
You can depend on one thing from horror movies; the end isn’t usually the end.
The would-be victims finally out-smart the killer. They work together and stop him with some elaborate plan that involves the killer dying at the end. The killer’s dead body lays there while the relieved victims rejoice that the ordeal is finally over.
In their celebration, they don’t notice that the killer’s fingers are starting to move. Just then, he bolts back to life at takes another shot at his victims.
As we pursue our goals, we are going to experience failures and setbacks. Failing is part of the process of getting better and achieving success. But, like the presumed dead villain, we can’t let this one failure end our movie. We need to find a way to get those fingers twitching again and to get back onto our path. We can maybe even use the sting from that failure to make us even more committed to success.
Once again, success should not be going on a killing spree to exact your revenge.
Horror movies are a cornerstone of the Halloween season. But, these movies are much more than just a way to entertain and scare ourselves. Built into each of these horror movies are some lessons about choices we can make to help us achieve our goals. By leveraging some of these lessons, our goals can go from being a potential victim to the triumphant hero when the final credits roll.
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