Disney plays an integral part in our lives as children and then again once we have children. Aside from the fairy tales and princesses being rescued by princes, there were some very wise words of wisdom. Here are some of my favourite Disney quotes to help get me by in the world of work.
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” — Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean).
Our approach to addressing a problem often determines what the outcome will be – utter defeat or overcoming the issue. Sometimes taking a step back and re-evaluating the situation can help us re-focus and target the issue more efficiently.
“The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” – Remy (Ratatouille)
This is especially true when you work in legal field, you are always thinking on your feet and reprioritizing your responsibilities. Sometimes we just have to be mentally prepared to have something unpredictable thrown our way to ensure we don’t crumble under pressure when it does appear.
“All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust” -Peter Pan in Peter Pan
Well Peter Pan got the gist of it right but pixie dust for most of us is our caffeine fix. Sometimes when you’re overwhelmed with work you just need to have faith that the task will be completed and you’ll get through it with your sanity intact.
“Just keep swimming” – Dory, Finding Nemo
Our work environments can sometimes become so busy we aren’t sure what to do next. Sometimes it’s just a matter of continuing to plow through the work until it’s done.
“Things don’t always work out the first time but keep trying” – Donald Duck
Sometimes addressing an issue requires multiple attempts and approaches; just because it didn’t work the first time doesn’t mean your attempts were futile. Keep going!
“Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” – Walt Disney
Regardless of your profession, give every project your all. Your work ethic is your signature at work; if you want your clients to associate your signature with certain qualities you have to demonstrate those skills for them.
“The very things that hold us down are going to lift you up.” – Timothy Mouse
Wise mouse! Our struggles often become our strengths because we learn how to adapt. As we test our abilities and explore our potential we not only better understand ourselves but build confidence to take on more.
“You’re at peace because you know it’s okay to be afraid.” – Mulan
Fear can be a good thing; it can help us grow if we utilize it correctly. Rather than allowing fear to paralyze you, try to use it as motivation to address whatever is scaring you.
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin
Give yourself credit! Don’t underestimate yourself; take some risks and see where it goes. You may surprise yourself.
“I was so upset I forgot to be happy.” – Eeyore, Winne the Pooh
If you have a bad day at work, leave your negative energy at work. If you carry around negative energy with you, it will only pour into every other aspect of your life. It’s done, let it go and stop punishing yourself further by dwelling on it.
“Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” – Genie, Aladdin Try to make the most of every day even on those days where you forget to breathe. Try to create a memory that will bring a smile to your face the following day.
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney
Nothing gives me as much satisfaction as knowing that I’ve achieved the “impossible”. When I’m overwhelmed, I remind myself how amazing it would be to be able to say “I got it all done”.
“Hakuna Matata” –Timon and Pumba, Lion King
It means no worries for the rest of your days (admit it, you sang that). Remember that there are bigger things in life than work. Remember to be grateful for what you have and enjoy the life you have created for yourself.
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