When you find yourself in a pickle and need to think quickly about what you'd do? I'm reminded of the Disney movie Finding Dory. Ask yourself this question: What would dory do? You could even simply be more like Dory and think from your heart instead of your head. Having a plan is great and all, but leading with your heart is way more exciting. Finding your inner Dory will help you become happier.
Be more like Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
Dory doesn’t overthink anything. She just does. The story of Dory is a perfect representation of what people who are most successful aspire to be like.
What Would Dory Do?
That’s what you can ask yourself when you start overthinking your options.
If you've ever seen the movie I'm going to give you a chance to not read the rest of this until you do, but Spoiler Alert. There's a great part in the movie where Dory is trying to convince Hank to get out of his tank and be free in the ocean with them. Hank is scared because he hasn't been in the big blue sea for many years. There are many unknowns in the ocean.
Dory suffers from short-term memory loss and yet somehow she has survived so much. Now, this is a fictional story by Disney and Pixar, but there are so many of us who can relate. Hank is scared and rightfully so. Because he has been in such a “safe” environment for so long he forgets how to just live. He also forgets how to just be. Thinking and being from a place of love and curiosity is what we all use to do as children.
In this movie, I teared up each time I saw Dory thinking and being from her heart. It reminds me that we all can be more like Dory. When we overthink things we start to turn on the survival part of our brain. We instantly go from cool, calm and collected to the fight or flight mode. As humans, we can stay in this mode for days, weeks and even years. Therefore, stress can wreak havoc on our bodies. We turn on neurotransmitters that don't need to be turned on.
Living in constant stress is exhausting. Can you imagine if we had to worry about beating our own hearts? I know I've talked about this before, but it's worth repeating. If you had to worry about your heart beating and your lungs inflating and deflating, you'd be dead in a matter of minutes. Why? Because we overthink everything. The autonomic nervous system has that responsibility.
By asking yourself what would Dory do? Provides a moment of breath. A moment of relief. If you simply stop worrying about things you cannot control you will move from a place of worry to a place of fun. Finding the fun in every moment of every day is what I challenge you to do. It takes practice at first and can be scary. Crossing over into the place of fun and play is what life is all about.
We only have so many minutes to live and in our lives, why spend them in stress? Today's WOD is one that will challenge your balance and your thought patterns of what you're capable of. Simply put, it's kind of a hard workout, but not impossible.
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What Would Dory Do? | Workout Of The Day (WOD) #264
Warm-Up – 5 Minutes Cardio
- Kneeling Heel Touch – 20 Reps Total
- Squats – 10 Reps
- Kneeling Side Heel Touch – 20 Reps Total
- Squats – 10 Reps
- Kneeling Reverse Toe Touch – 20 Reps Total
- Squats – 10 Reps
Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Down Dog Pose
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