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After all the lessons learned in the journey, characters can finally face their challenges. But sometimes even all the preparations aren’t enough and someone they help earlier in their journey unexpectedly comes to save the day.
What it means for you: Never pass up an opportunity to help someone else. You never know when they will return the favor.
Just when the character thinks they were on the path to victory, they realize something has gone completely array.
What this means for you: It’s always going to be harder than you think. Don’t get discouraged by setbacks — try to view them as long-term opportunities.
Once a character accepts the challenge, there might be a temptation to do too much or divert their attention to something else. That ends up causing complications.
What this means for you: Remember why you set off on this journey in the first place and don’t get sidetracked.
A character’s adventure has the promise of reward at the end, but also of danger. There is the fear of the unknown and the hero often tries to shy away from facing the challenge.
What this means for you: if you don’t face your fears and tackle your challenges you can’t better your life.
Soon after we are introduced to the world of the story, we realize that there is trouble in paradise. At first, you might not be able to pinpoint the problem, you just have a general sense that something is off.
What this means for you: There can be no adventure if you don’t have something to overcome. Define and write down what problem you are trying to solve.
The first thing any Disney movie does is introduce you to the “rules” of their world. However fantastical the world, once you see how it works, you accept it as the natural order of things.
What this means for you: You learn to accept the status quo when you live in your world day in and day out. So pretend you are seeing your environment as the opening credits of a film. View it with fresh eyes and identify the rules, dangers and opportunities in it.
Movies succeed using roughly the same narrative arc over and over again because we can all relate. If you look at Disney and Pixar movies, they are variations on this same timeless theme, sometimes called the hero’s journey.
You have a hero, a conflict, failed attempts to solve the problem, back-up plans, a breakthrough, a solution that works and finally a conclusion. By the end, we are back where we started, but transformed with new powers and knowledge.
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