Based on a true story, the movie - Million Dollar Baby won several awards in the 2005 Oscars. Morgan Freeman (Scrap*) came to the defense of an aspiring boxer (Danger*) who was being hustled in the boxing ring by a stronger bully (Berry*). Scrap wore just ONE GLOVE on his left hand while taking Berry on. However, the punch to knock Berry out came from his right hand which didn’t have a glove on. Was Berry waiting for a punch to come from the hand which had the glove on? For discussion, let’s say that even before we get an opportunity to think otherwise, our subconscious mind takes decisions based on experiences. In this case, Berry’s subconscious mind was on alert and probably decided that the punch was coming from the hand which had the glove on i.e. Left hand.
* Names given to characters in the movie.
Let’s put the above into an ACTIVITY which can be done with colleagues. The number of participants: 2 no’s (You/trainer and 1 volunteer). Share below instructions with the volunteer and audience.
(Step 1): The volunteer & audience need to assume they have never met you and do not know whether you are right or left-handed. (Repeat this instruction to ensure the message gets through)
(Step 2): For this activity, let's consider YOU are right-handed. Put just the ONE GLOVE on your left hand. (It is important to ensure volunteer and audience attention is on your glove at all time)
(Step 3): Remind the volunteer and audience on what you shared in instructions 1 & 2. Throughout this process ensure your left hand which has the glove on is visible to the volunteer & audience.
(Step 4): You and the volunteer stand in a posture where both face each other i.e. like boxers before a fight starts.
Now ask the million-dollar question to the volunteer and the audience. Ask them to guess the hand which you are likely to use? There is a high probability the volunteer and majority of the audience would vote for the left hand i.e. the hand which has the glove on. However, you are right-handed and the shot would come from your right hand.
*BEAR IN MIND THIS IS A ROLE PLAY AND YOU/VOLUNTEER/AUDIENCE DO NOT TOUCH / PHYSICALLY HARM ANY MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE.
Takeaway from the above activity.
The next time you hear your Subconscious mind telling you things you’re not capable of doing. For instance, you think you’re not good at communication and have the fear of speaking in public. Stop!! Pause for a moment and tell your Subconscious mind you can do this and start working towards achieving the same.
I'm going to leave you with a scene from the Bollywood movie - Chhichhhore. See if you can visualise the end of the film when Bevda* arrived for the crucial chess game smelling of alcohol (which he splashed on his face) and PRETENDING to be drunk. Seeing Bevda arriving late, his opponent made a decision on what he saw, that Bevda was in no position to play.
Hope you see where this is going??
Don't let your subconscious mind decide for you in haste.
ONE GLOVE* module conceptualised by Golden Armour / Captain In You
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