It’s been awhile since I’ve caught a movie that left such a deep impression and left me reflecting after this “eventful” week; emotions on a roller coaster ride.
Well I’m aware of the Spartans and their story briefly, but I’ve not watched “300”. When suggested that it’d be our Saturday movie night, I was slightly apprehensive and bracing myself for loads of gore – stabbing, slashing, slicing body parts off, the lot – but I’m glad I went along with it.
Side note. “300” had probably the largest number of ripped bods I’ve ever seen in one seating! But hey, hold your horses ladies..
Alright, so here I am googling “quotes from 300” the next day over breakfast in bed.
LESSON 1: HAVING NO FALSE BELIEFS
Spartan King Leonidas: Immortals??… We’ll put their name to the test. Those men with steel masks were called the immortals because it was widely believed that they cannot die in battles but the Spartans didn’t just accept that common belief without testing it. What about you?
No matter how confident, how rich, how successful a person is, everyone has that little voice in their head that tells them they’re not good enough. And we wonder how these people who have made it just have better luck, more opportunities, are born into in, and so have it better off than you. You’re wrong. More often than not, it’s simply cause, they, just like the Spartans, tested the false beliefs of the immortals and came out victorious.
Thinking that you’re not good enough, not pretty enough, not successful enough.. These are all just false beliefs that need to be tested. How many immortals do you have in your life? How many false beliefs are controlling your life? Are you going to rise above them?
LESSON 2: PERSISTENCE
Spartan King Leonidas: My children, gather round! No retreat, no surrender; that is Spartan law and by Spartan law we will stand and fight… and die. A new age has begun. An age of freedom, and all will know, that 300 Spartans gave their last breaths to defend it!We decide to do something and we won’t turn back or change our minds whatever happens!
Someone once asked me, “why do you insist on taking the hard road?”. I replied, “why do you assume I see 2 roads?”
Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.
LESSON 3: POSITIVE THINKING
Dilios: The enemy outnumber us a paltry 3 to 1, a match for any Greek. This day we rescue a world from mysticism and tyranny and usher in a world brighter than anything we can imagine. Give thanks men to Leonidas and the brave 300, TO VICTORY!
All those negative thoughts of weakness and that immediate surrender in this mental battle. We’re all guilty of this.
What’d you do when you’re encountered with a problem? Do you let yourself be defeated by your own thoughts before you even go to the battle?
Your mind must arrive at your destination before your life does. Thankfully, your mind will always believe everything you feed it. So feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love. Empower it. Empower you.
LESSON 4: SELF CONFIDENCE
Dilios: We did what we were trained to do, what we were bred to do, what we were born to do!
Never underestimate your own strength. You were born for a purpose and are blessed with the power to achieve it.
Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming..
LESSON 5: FLEXIBILITY
Messenger: The thousand nations of the Persian Empire descend upon you. Our arrows will block out the sun!
Stelios: Then we will fight in the shade. Facing an obstacle while trying to achieve a goal won’t make us change our goals. we will just change our strategy.
As a wise Marine would always tell me, “what you gonna do, cry? You just gotta suck it up and move on!”
In life, sometimes you have to stop being scared and just go for it. Either it will go gravely wrong, or you’re about to make history.
Are you Spartan enough?