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Why Is the Message in La La Land of Critical Value to You?

Well…if you haven’t seen it, you must!  The movie, La La Land, that is, because its message can help you in a critical way.

Think about it—you have dreams but fear has you tied in knots and wallowing in frustration and malaise.  So it is with the two key characters in the movie.  Watch and learn from what they do to pay the price and realize their dreams.

Their approach illustrates what you must do.  But…let’s assume you need a little more of a push.  Consider the following thoughts…

  • You only have one opportunity (as near as anyone can really tell) to get it right. It’s like someone once said: Life is not a dress rehearsal!
  • When you were born, the curtain went up on your singular performance and there is no rewriting of the script. In fact, a script might make it all so much easier but then it wouldn’t be your singular performance, now would it?
  • You write your own script as you live your life.
  • Your life is your opportunity to live out your dreams through the script you write. It’s all about you and how you think about it.
  • There, by the way, is the problem for too many people. They don’t truly think. They only react.
  • A life of realized dreams doesn’t come through reaction but from thoughtful action. Dreams grow from a vision of opportunities not roadblocks. The difference between living your dream or not is how you think about the roadblocks.

As Winston Churchill said:

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”

Think about it!

You have opportunity in your lifetime but the difficulty is acting on the opportunities by overcoming the difficulties.

But, then, there is an all too pervasive problem.  It’s one that was dramatically illustrated in the movie.

For background and perspective, The American Heritage Dictionary defines half-life as follows:


The time required for half the nuclei in a sample of a specific isotopic species to undergo radioactive decay.


  1. The time required for half the quantity of a drug or other substance deposited in a living organism to be metabolized or eliminated by normal biological processes. Also called biological half-life.
  2. The time required for the radioactivity of material taken in by a living organism to be reduced to half its initial value by a combination of biological elimination processes and radioactive decay.

I hope you appreciate the science lesson!

So, as defined, then, half-life would imply the gradual reduction of something. Interesting…but this is not a blog the purpose for which is lessons in scientific information…Which must mean I have something else in mind. Exactly!

I want to get your attention concerning the debilitating effects of fear in your life. If you live with fear, you live with ”half a life.” Put another way, your life can’t flourish in the face of fear.  It can only deteriorate.

Thinking about fear in an arithmetic sense, it is always a subtraction and therefore can’t make an addition to your life.

Don’t allow “half your life” to decay because of the fear you feel!

Face it. Find out why you have it. Do what you have to do to overcome it. Move on to a full life. And, do that before you waste “half your life!”

That’s exactly what Mia and Sebastian did in La La Land!

What are you going to do to lift yourself out of your own la la land attitude and strive for your dreams?

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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