Have you seen Saving Mr Banks? Superb film depicting the true story behind Mary Poppins – a film that I have loved since I was a child.
If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil the story for you, but the two main characters in it are a certain Mr Walt Disney, played by the inimitable Tom Hanks, and Mrs P Travers – the author of Mary Poppins – played by Emma Thompson.
The film interplays Mrs Travers adjusting the script for Mary Poppins with vignettes from her childhood. It is a sad and poignant story.
About half way though, Charlie – wise beyond her years at age 9 – commented that “her [Mrs Travers’] past doesn’t give her a very good future”.
She has a point.
The young “Mrs Travers” had a few too many life burdens placed upon her shoulders and she carried these through into adulthood, resulting in her being a not very nice person for the most part. Or possibly just misunderstood.
It takes much soul searching to realise and establish the links between what has happened in your past and how that affects your here and now. The thing is, that “past” doesn’t need to be in your child hood. It could be within your adult life or even in your recent past. I had a boss in my late 20’s who was very talented, but pretty much forced me to say things in a particular way for client pitches and presentations, rather than letting me find my own voice. This had me in tears on more than one occasion. It took many years to over come that issue!
We are all made up from a variety of life’s experiences: some good, some not so good and some downright appalling. Our role is to not let the negative experiences shape our present and our future in such a way that it becomes debilitating, as it did with Mrs Travers.
Maybe there are areas in your life where you do not feel that you have reached your full potential, or that “something” always holds you back. Perhaps there is an area of your business that you should do but feel fearful at doing.
From my own experience, and from that of Mrs Travers, it is worth spending some time exploring where those feelings originate and then seeing what you can do to break that particular link. Sometimes you can do this yourself, sometimes you may need a professional psychotherapist to help you on your way.
However the break can be made, and before you know it you too can be singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” at the top of your voice (and yes, I admit it, that’s me every time I watch Mary Poppins!).
Enjoy the breakthroughs!
Dedicated to Your Success,
See you next week