Movies entertain us like no other art form. They captivate us today just as they did back in the early 20th century, and they have given us many memorable quotes along the way. Here are a few quotations from films to inspire you to move forward with your New Year’s resolutions.
“Fasten your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bumpy night.” (All About Eve, 1950) Any resolution you make is bound to be difficult — otherwise you’d already have what you’re trying to get. Make it challenging and understand that whatever you decide on, it will be worth completing. It might even take many bumpy nights, depending on the time frame you set.
“You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” (On the Waterfront, 1954) Don’t start feeling sorry for yourself and throw a pity party. Get off your arse and make those resolutions come true this year. You have no one to blame if you don’t try.
“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” (Dirty Harry, 1971) The harder you work, the luckier you’ll get at realizing the resolutions you create. Your luck is what you make it to be.
“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?” (The Graduate, 1967) Stay focused on what is important to you. There will be distractions along your journey to work toward your resolutions. Don’t be led astray be those treacherous temptations. Keep looking ahead to the goal.
“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary!” (Dead Poets Society, 1989) If you dream it, you can achieve it. Go on and make this the year of your ultimate resolution. Just be willing to work really hard to make it happen. Your name in lights is already flickering on the marquee; make it shine brightly!
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” (Jaws, 1975) It is certainly fine to readjust your means to attaining your resolution. Find the vessel that will help you navigate that sea of unexpected sharks waiting to gobble up your dreams. Always keep floating, and keep your head above water.
“I’ll have what she’s having.” (When Harry Met Sally, 1989) Look to others who have had success with resolutions similar to yours. If it worked for her, it just could work for you. Jot down the secrets of her success and make them your own.
“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” (Psycho, 1960) Find some good friends to cheer you on to reaching your resolution. If the maternal thing doesn’t work for you, then go lasso some supporters for your cause. You’re gonna have some tough moments on your resolution journey, and your booster club will be very helpful.
“Round up the usual suspects.” (Casablanca, 1942) They can be found lurking at every street corner, and they go by names like apathetic, indifferent, unambitious, lackadaisical, and complacent. They want to steal your resolutions and leave you defeated. Be wary and stand your ground against these enemies of perhaps.
Get your list of resolutions ready and make it a great 2012! This is your year to exclaim as Leonardo DiCaprio did in Titanic: “I’m the king of the world!”
This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy who has all the wide-eyed optimism of the Baby New Year. That hopeful guy is Ron Blake, and you can send him a toast at firstname.lastname@example.org.