Saturday, December 30, 2017

How to Treat 2018 like No Man's Land and Kick Butt In the New Year

Wonder Woman No Man's Land Inspiration
One of the biggest, empowering moments in superhero films for 2017 comes from Wonder Woman and its depiction of No Man's Land.

If you haven't seen the movie, here's a little non-spoilerific refresher: During World War I, Amazonian princess Diana Prince heads to the frontlines looking for the God of War Ares, but starts witnessing the unflinching violence humankind is capable of. As the Allied forces stands off against German troops, neither having gained new ground for a year, local villages suffer from their occupation. Prince wants to help everyone she can, but companion Steve Trevor tells her that it's not possible to cross the forbidden terrain known as No Man's Land. Shielding everything the enemy can throw at her, she's able to move their soldiers ahead. Along the way Diana transforms into the Wonder Woman as we know of her: powerful, courageous, wise, a leader and team player.

No Man's Land became one of the most significantly inspiring scenes not only for the year but for moviegoers and Wonder Woman fans everywhere. By following her gut instincts and leading the pack, we were reminded that barriers can be crossed with compassion and determination. Here's some tips on how to treat the new year like No Man's Land - believe in yourself, try new things, don't let anyone limit your potential, and kick some butt in 2018. Hope you enjoy!

Wonder Woman No Man's Land Inspiration

Find Your No Man's Land

What are people or the world telling you isn't possible? Did you make a list of resolutions for the new year? Figure out what your biggest challenges are and decide the benefits of what can happen if you face them head on. Don't let others discourage you or tell you it's not something you can do.

Wonder Woman No Man's Land Inspiration

Follow Your Gut Instincts

Pulling a quote from Marvel's Captain America: when the world, friends, family, or coworkers are telling us to compromise with our goals or dreams, it's our job to plant ourselves like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world: "No, YOU move.” Follow your gut instincts and what you believe is right. It's good to take advice from friends and family, but you ultimately know what's right for you at the end of the day.

Wonder Woman No Man's Land Inspiration

Don't Be Afraid to Lead

Life is too short to be following other people's directions or demands, or living under anyone else's rule of thumb. Don't be afraid to take the lead, especially if you know you're the person for the job to get it done right. Shield yourself from negativity, either self-inflicted or from the world. Take small steps and before you know it, that obstacle you thought was insurmountable in the beginning wasn't so bad in the first place. If you know what you want, go after it.

Wonder Woman Team photo

Support Your Fellow Man

Being in charge of our own lives and being a leader doesn't mean we leave other people behind. Where are we without our team - significant others, friends, parents, peers, pets - to support us when we're trying to overcome obstacles or lift us up when we're doubtful. We all get to where we want to be with the good help of others, so always extend that hand of kindness back.

Wonder Woman Steve Trevor celebrating

Celebrate Your Successes

Sometimes the world drags our energy and motivation down when people are discouraging or the awful news reports never ceases to end. Sometimes it can feel like goodness doesn't exist. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle when we don't actually celebrate what we've done right or the small things that make us happy. Use the things that you see that are wrong in the world more fuel to do make good and healthy decisions. And when you accomplish something, don't be afraid to admire what you've done.

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