Have you ever seen a movie called The Edge?
Here’s a quick synopsis: A billionaire (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins) tags along with his supermodel wife to her photo shoot up in the Alaskan frontier.
Alec Baldwin plays the sleazy photographer.
Baldwin and Hopkins end up getting lost out in the wilderness together. I’m talking many miles out from their lodge, thanks to a small plane crash.
It gets worse.
A ginormous hungry grizzly bear begins stalking them.
This beast is relentless. Hopkins and Baldwin escape the bear several times but he keeps coming back. Eventually, Baldwin’s photog assistant gets eaten.
Days of this, along with starvation and exposure, take a toll on them.
Baldwin’s character is about to give up. He’s exhausted. Weak. Scared to death.
The Anthony Hopkins role is a wise, kind, and modest billionaire. He keeps his cool and is always using his head. This has kept them both alive, but his cool reserve and endless knowledge drive Baldwin crazy.
There’s this great scene where Hopkins uses verbal self-talk to snap Baldwin out of his funk and get him focused on what they need to do to survive.
They are forced to face the bear and fight. Killing the bear is their only way out.
[If you want to see this powerful scene, go to YouTube and search “Kill the Bear Scene from The Edge”.]
Dear blogger, the bear in this scene is a metaphor for whatever haunts you or holds you back.
The scene demonstrates why I sometimes create those little self-talk exercises you see in my posts.
Let’s do one right now, shall we?
Repeat after me:
I’m gonna kill the bear!
“I’m gonna kill the bear!”
Now say this: What one man or woman can do, another can do.
“What one man or woman can do, another can do.”
Kill the bear..no spears required.
All you need is a sharp domain:
Let’s do this.
What “bear” is stalking you? How can you kill it before it eats you?
Let’s talk about it in the comments.