About two months ago, my wife, Jane, got a dozen Anniversary Edition Classic Walt Disney movies; and our son, Chidubem, developed a habit of getting addicted to each movie for an entire week or two and repeating it over and over and over throughout the time.
When he’s had enough of it, he despises it and never wants it played again. And I remember what Shakesphere wrote in the Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die.” So I guess his appetite just dies after a week long love-sick fest for these classic Disney cartoons. Funny he likes them better than the regular cartoon they show on DSTv. It must be the theme songs.
So for the last two weeks we’ve seen the classic Disney movie, The Lion King, more times than I care to remember or admit, (I’m pretty sure parenting experts will chew me out on this admission- please be gentle). But, hey, they have really great theme songs and moral lessons. It even has cool additional features like Personality Tests using the cartoon characters (stop piracy and buy genuine DVDs to experience life in 3D) So that’s my defense and I am sticking to it:) Anyways….
After 23 years or so since I last saw the movie, I learned an old lesson from the Lion King on finding purpose. For those who didn’t have a T.V set, we’re too busy reading for exams or just crawled out from a dark cave, here’s a recap of what the movie is about:
This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), the heir of his father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones). Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar (Jeremy Irons), plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.
When Simba discovered who he was and what his purpose was. He ran back home, all night, to his pride. Of course it took an apparition of his late father. Mufasa, and the wise baboon, Rafiki, as his coach to get to the point of actually taking the long awaited decision. But soon as he was awakened, he got started immediately, and although he didn’t exactly have a winning strategy or even a concrete plan, along the way he got the help and support needed from family and friends.
But in the 21st Century world of today, you won’t get an apparition, fortunately or unfortunately (depends on if your dad was a king). You could hire a coach though. Not just a good one, but a great one. One with results to show and not just a certificate. And that’s enough to get started. To become awake. Someone to spar your business ideas with and get some perspective from various angles and adopt a strategy. Instead of seeing just the pixels, you’ll get a broader take on the entire picture. And you’ll also feel more empowered to go out and ship your product or showcase your art. Your passion will be so infectious, you’ll get your family and friends support in various ways, each according to their capacity.
Like Simba who discovered himself and went back to defeat his evil uncle, Scar, with the help of a few friends. You’ll take back your Prideland from the hyenas.
Discover yourself. Learn about who you are. Know yourself and understand your nuances, values, belief systems, phobias, star sign, personality type, intelligence type, blood group, societal or religious conditioning, habits, food group, religion, blood group, modalities and submodalities, generalizations and shortcomings. Know where the hyenas are.
When Socrates said, “Man know thyself”, it came from a place of wisdom. Because to truly know yourself is to avoid the grief that is associated with self doubt, limiting beliefs, low self esteem, habits both good and bad. Now you have a product manual and clear understanding of the problem. In the end, only “you” can fix you.
You are a complex being. If you were given the control switches to a commercial jetliner with 300 pasengers aboard. You wouldn’t be in a hurry to use it. You’ll need to study the manual and take a course for a year or more! The same goes for your being. Only this time it can take several years to fully come to a point of realization, discovery and awakening without a coach or a defined personal development plan. For man to come to “be” is the ultimate freedom. Abraham Maslow termed it as “actualization” on his pyramid of Man’s Heirarchy of Needs.
You are more complex than an Boeing 747. Your passengers are your children and their offspring, your spouse and neighbours too. You have more to contribute to humanity. Your mind is deep and filled with more ideas, knowledge, dreams and potential than you give yourself credit for. You have to be able to use it to its full extent. Read more, ask more questions, try new stuff, learn something each day and try this immediately you get brain waves and hit new ideas.
Before you can do more, you have to be more. Be more daring, courageous, awakened. Discover yourself.
P/S: I have an expensive looking Samsung microwave. I use it to basically rewarm cold or lukewarm dishes. But I have a friend who does casseroles, grilled chicken or fish, cake and all sorts of culinary magic on his. But here I am still cluelessly stuck on just timing the reheat so it’s not too bloody hot to eat! Funny thing is I can’t find nor ever remember ever giving the manual as much as a glance. No wonder at this rate I’m using about 5% of the total capacity of this machine.
What capacity of your mind are you using?
Ebuka J. Anichebe
Business Strategist and Elite Coach
For private coaching & strategy sessions, write me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I reserve the right to refuse to coach those unwilling to un-learn and re-learn.