On My Thanksgiving List: Stuart Smalley and Sandy — My Amazing Wife
November 22, 2012 • By Dan Hinmon, Principal
I may be the only person on the planet who places the 1995 movie “Stuart Saves His Family” on a list of top 10 funny movies of all time.
For those of you who are uninitiated, Stuart Smalley was a Saturday Night Live character played by Al Franken. Let’s just say Stuart had a confidence problem, so he relied on self-talk to give him a boost, ending each segment with “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it people like me.”
The skit was developed into a movie (which generously receives 2½ stars on IMDB) lampooning 12-step programs and affirmations.
Fighting the lizard brain
But behind the humor of Stuart Smalley is a reality – what Seth Godin calls the “lizard brain.” It’s that place inside each of us that attacks our confidence and tells us the important work we are out to do is not really that valuable, or is beyond our abilities, or can not possibly be as good as the work some one else can do.
When those doubts raise their ugly heads, I have a powerful weapon — my wife, Sandy, whose loving encouragement, support and reassurance keep me on track.
On this day of Thanksgiving, as I consider the remarkable blessings I enjoy, I acknowledge her contribution to all things good in my life and thank her for her endless kindness. Of the many gifts she gives me, one of the most amazing is the gift of quieting those voices and calmly reminding me that I am indeed good enough. Thank you, Sandy.
As an added bonus, check out this 6 minute clip of licensed nurturer Stuart Smalley coaching NBA superstar Michael J (J to preserve his anonymity) on how to build his self esteem.
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|Ruth Hanson||Thank you for this Dan Hinmon. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and listening to the very effective concepts in this video.|
|tom hanson||Excellent. you have an incredible force for good by your side|
|Dan Hinmon, Principal||Thank you, Tom and Ruth. Sandy truly is an amazing woman and there is a powerful lesson in banishing those lizard voices. I'm glad you enjoyed the blogpost.|
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