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The Acts of Courage Movie Club – Christmas Movies!

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol”

About the Acts of Courage Movie Club: Movies  have the ability to transplant us into someone else’s story so that we might see the world as they do. This not only helps us relate to  people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances, but helps us understand ourselves better. Great movies connect us with the truth of who we are and the world in which we live, while simultaneously awakening our imagination to new possibilities.

The Acts of Courage Movie Club is a collection of movies we found to be particularly insightful in how we act – and don’t act – with courage. Just like a good book club, we’ve compiled a list of thought provoking questions designed to fuel conversation and further your own introspection.

So grab the remote and a bucket of popcorn and join us as we explore the ways courage permeates our world through the artistry of a really good flick.

The Acts of Courage Movie Club - Christmas Movies

Transformational Moments: Birthing Joy

Stories – good ones – are powerful, living entities that engage the heart and mind by inspiring, uplifting, stoking courage, evoking awe, offering insights and guidance. As human beings we are shaped by the stories we are told as well as the stories that we tell.

For thousands of years our ancestors sat in the dark of nights in a world that was lit only by fire. It was around those fires that meals were cooked and stories were told. It has been said that stories, just like fire, are part and parcel of the human DNA.

In the past century, movies have become a powerful new way of telling stories to encourage the heart and inspire more authentic, joyful ways of living. Through recorded images, music and words, stories can be repeated exactly every time they are told.

Yet according to the age, life experience and momentary circumstance of the viewer, movies are never quite received as the same story, even when seen more than once. As with all stories, movies can uplift or bore, frighten or inspire us. They can inform us of what it means to be a whole human being or present a cautionary message about what happens when we lose our way.

In this holiday season of celebrations and reunions, which may include remembering and grieving lost loved ones as well as reconnecting and healing important family ties, movies can be an especially potent way of moving deeper into more meaningful living.

In fact…

The right movies can help to transform our way of thinking, perceiving and being in the world.

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The Courage to Choose Happiness

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A Conversation About Courage, Happiness, and Seeing the Good

Last week, Dusty Staub, best selling author of The 7 Acts of Courage, spoke with Leeza Carlone Steindorf about what it means to know the goodness of who you are, and see the good inherent in others, and in the world.

Leeza is an Executive Coach, Strategic Planning Facilitator, Organizational and Personal Transformation Specialist, and the Award-Wining Author of Connected Parent Empowered Child: Five Key to Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids.

This is their conversation…

Dusty: Thank you so much for talking with me today, Leeza. Would you tell our readers a bit about you and your work? 

Leeza: I am a tour guide for my clients.  I help them claim an outstanding life, both personally and professionally.  In my work, I help people open their eyes to who they are and what they are capable of being and doing.

I coach, facilitate groups, offer trainings and strategic planning in corporations, and work with parents and educational institutions.  In the process of doing this, I help people to get clear.  A client called me a “laser beam”: I am able to bring great focus, clarity and illumination to a person, situation or organization.

Similar to what Theresa Nicassio illustrated with her story of the Golden Buddha when you interviewed her a few weeks ago, my work unearths the hidden treasures that have been buried, not only in an individual but also at the organizational level.  Personally, I delight in life. I have a tremendous sense of awe and a way of being that proceeds from this and that underlines all I do.

Dusty: What is your relationship to Courage?

Leeza: I am someone who has had the courage to reinvent myself, more than once. I grew up in a violent home environment and so I created a defensive structure to survive. Later I found that the angry and unhappy patterns that I had learned to move with did not work out in the world.

They simply did not work for the life I wanted for myself.  As a result of that awareness, I had to reinvent myself in order to be more effective.  Then in my family life, when my marriage ended, I had to do similar inner work to recast myself.

Next, when I experienced challenges in business, reinvention was required yet again.

The courage to choose happiness and see the good. | theactsofcourage.com

I can tell you from my personal experience that happiness is a choice.  By “happiness” I mean a deeply rooted sense of ease and comfort in myself.  This is not based on circumstances; it is how you run your mind and orient your perceptions.

It is possible to be happy anywhere.  When you make it dependent upon circumstances or on the behavior of others, your happiness is always at risk.  The way you look at things, the meaning you give to things, determines your experiences, perceptions and, indeed the worldview you have.  Happiness is possible anywhere and under any circumstances. 

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Financial Well-Being and the Family

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A Conversation About Financial Well-Being and the Future of Your Family.

Gary Stone | Financial Freedom for Families | theactsofcourage.com

Last week, Dusty Staub, best selling author of The 7 Acts of Courage, spoke with Gary Stone to talk about what it means to create financial well-being as a family.

Gary is a Researcher, Investor, Best Selling Author of Blueprint to Wealth: Financial Freedom in 15 Minutes a Week, and Founder of fixmynestegg.com.

This is their conversation…

Dusty: Thank you so much for talking with me today Gary. Before we get started, would you tell our readers a bit about you and what you do for a living? 

Gary: I am a husband and father with three children, as well as a long-distance runner and a low single figure golfer. What I do for a living is to help individuals and family create wealth.

I am a businessman and run a financial services company. For more than 22 years, I have helped people create financial freedom.

Dusty: How is What You Do Different from Other Financial Advisors?

Gary: We are called a ‘financial advising’ company but we are very different to what most would think of when they hear the term “financial advisor” or “financial planner”. The chief difference is that we help people be directly engaged in the stock market with a process and set of tools that help them experience success.

We help people develop an effective plan using a structured process and then teach them how to manage it in a rigorous manner that takes only fifteen minutes of attention each week, once the plan is completed.

Most financial advisors look at your entire financial situation and then on the management needs of your debts, credit cards, insurance policies, qualified retirement plans, asset allocation, etc. The asset classes that they would have you invest in would be stocks, mutual funds, target date funds, bonds, real estate, cash or other such investments.

Instead of all of that, we focus specifically on the stock market. When people realize their investments are not up to snuff then we show them how to grow their wealth by being the key decision makers on what to buy, when to be out or in the market and how much to invest in exchange traded funds, stocks and/or cash. It is a self-directed process and the person as an investor is making the decision.

Dusty: What is your experience working with families? Where does the conflict over finances come and where do they most need courage?

Gary: In my experience over the years, many families live beyond their means; there is more going out than is coming in each month and this leaves no room to make the investments for future well-being, for building wealth.

This is a place of great conflict within the families that I have worked with. It is a dimension of family life that generates misunderstanding, great anxiety, and needless pain. Part of the process of minimizing this conflict is learning to have the Courage to Face the Current Reality, to notice key imbalances in the family’s financial life, and then address these through a thoughtful, organized, and agreed-upon systematic process.

This means having the courage to engage in the difficult conversations about how to manage money in a way that takes care of today AND also addresses generating well-being and freedom for the future. This is essential.

Families creating future wealth | interview with Gary Stone | theactsofcourage.com

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How to deal with family conflict during the holidays

Courage Does Not Take a Holiday

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A Conflict Survival Guide for Families During the Holidays

by Robert “Dusty” Staub

The holidays are rapidly approaching.  For many, this is a time for celebration, connection with family and friends, and expressions of love and gratitude. Paradoxically, during the holidays we also see increased depression, anxiety, tension and conflict.

What is going on?  What is behind this paradox?

Having  been trained as a Marital and Family Therapist, I have had the opportunity to observe these dynamics in depth with my clients, as well as to explore them first hand with my own family. Old wounds, unresolved jealousies, frozen perceptions, and unrealistic expectations – these are part of a recipe for disappointment, hurt and unnecessary pain.

Ironically, conflict can happen even when, deep down, family members truly care for each other. Often there is an attempt to suppress what we are really thinking or feeling because we don’t want to threaten family ties. But invariably we show our true colors, and by then it doesn’t always come out diplomatically!

A “survival guide” for dealing with family dynamics during the holidays.

Later in this post, I’ll share a useful conflict survival guide that can help you successfully navigate difficult family situations – especially during the holidays. This guide can also serve as a roadmap for greater happiness in key relationships year-round. In my personal experience, courage is especially important when we move into the holiday season and are going to be spending extended time with family members.

First, there is the Courage to be Open and Vulnerable

Not as a victim, but as someone who loves and is willing to seek to understand versus to defend.

The courage to be open and vulnerable

In fact, the biggest mistake most family members make when they hear something they don’t like, or feel offended or hurt by, is to become defensive.  The instant you start to defend yourself against what someone has said, you have already lost.

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Children, Community, and Courage

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Courage and Parenting Series, Part 1

By Christine Staub, M.D.

It takes courage to raise a child.

Parenting requires the Courage to be Vulnerable, to Love unconditionally. Consciously forging into parenting with expectations of great joy, while staying open to grief and pain, is a parenting reality.

Choosing to bring a child into the world today is an act of faith in humanity's future. | theactsofcourage.com

Raising a young person well is perhaps the most important task humans engage in. Prospective parents are saying “yes” to the unknown, the unexpected, even the unwanted. This may not be a welcome message, yet now that I am the mother of three and grandparent of two, I wish I could have used some of the parenting wisdom I gained over the years back when I needed it most.

I can safely say that everything I’ve learned about being an honorable human being and a warrior of Spirit has been forged in the fire of my relationships with my son and two daughters.  I’ve had to access many different acts of courage to help me be the best parent possible. Heaven knows!  I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way.

That’s the part of parenting that requires having the Courage to Learn and Grow.

In fact, although at age 30 I was a relatively older first-time parent, I didn’t feel fully adult until I was in my mid-40’s.  I thank the lessons my children taught me, and still teach me, for most of that.

It takes community to raise a child.

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Dunkirk

The Acts of Courage Movie Club – Dunkirk

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About the Acts of Courage Movie Club: Movies  have the ability to transplant us into someone else’s story so that we might see the world as they do. This not only helps us relate to  people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances, but helps us understand ourselves better. Great movies connect us with the truth of who we are and the world in which we live, while simultaneously awakening our imagination to new possibilities.

The Acts of Courage Movie Club is a collection of movies we found to be particularly insightful in how we act – and don’t act – with courage. Just like a good book club, we’ve compiled a list of thought provoking questions designed to fuel conversation and further your own introspection.

So grab the remote and a bucket of popcorn and join us as we explore the ways courage permeates our world through the artistry of a really good flick.

The Acts of Courage Movie Club - Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a Powerful Exploration of Leadership and Why a Title is Not Enough.

Acts of Courage Co-Founder Christine Staub recently wrote a beautiful blog post about the impact the movie Dunkirk had on her and her thoughts about what makes a leader.

“In times of war, not all leaders wear uniforms, and not all those in uniform act like leaders. This message is beautifully portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie Dunkirk.  Using sparse dialogue, evocative music and carefully selected imagery, Nolan recounts the almost miraculous World War II evacuation of over 330,000 allied soldiers trapped by the advancing Germans on France’s North Shore.”

You can read Christine’s post about Dunkirk here.

Dunkirk

Dunkirk offers powerful illustrations of courage – and the lack thereof – in a tremendously wide range of characters.

As you watch, here are some questions for thought and discussion:

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The Courage to be Your Best Self, Interview with Luc Goulet | theactsofcourage.com

The Courage to be Your Best Self

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A Conversation About Courage and the Power of Positive Evolution

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Last week Dusty Staub, author of The 7 Acts of Courage, sat down with Luc Goulet, MDA, to talk about the power of positive evolution and what it means to have the courage to be your best self.

Luc is an International Speaker, Peak Performance Coach, and Author of The Big Bang Project: Creating Humanities Best Case Scenario and Leverage Your Mind: The Next Phase in Self-Empowerment.

Find out more about Luc and The Big Bang Project: thebigbangproject.com

This is their conversation…

Dusty: Thank you so much for talking with me today Luc. Before we get started, would you tell our readers a bit about you and what you do for a living? 

Luc: Thanks for having me, Dusty. I am an author, a speaker and Peak Performance Coach for athletes and businesses.  Historically, I come from the retail business.  My family and I created a business whereby, by the age of 33, I was able to be financially independent.  Then I went into real estate and created a successful portfolio.

Now with that background, I have stepped into following my heart and that is helping others to realize the fullness of their potential and power.  This has led me to what I do today.

Dusty: What is your relationship to Courage?

Luc: This goes back quite a ways.  When I was young, I suffered from stuttering.  It took courage for me to live with that, as there were bullies and people laughing at me and it was horribly painful.

However, at the age of fourteen my mom gave me a book on self-hypnosis.  That book allowed me to tap into my unconscious mind and to free up my potential.  In 90 days I cured the stuttering and actually began speaking to groups.

Courage was required for all of this.  The courage to deal with my poor self-image and then the courage to dream that it could be better, which gave me the courage to learn and grow, to try out the self-hypnosis and to make a dramatic change.

The Courage to be Your Best Self, Interview with Luc Goulet | theactsofcourage.com

Courage, for me, is a word with a lot of meaning.  Courage means two things for me: heart (passion, openness) and balls (taking the key risks to act and to step out of the comfort zone).

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The Power Within Us

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A Conversation About Courage and the Wisdom of Our Hearts

Theresa Nicassio, PhD | theactsofcourage.com

Last week Dusty Staub, author of The 7 Acts of Courage, sat down with Theresa Nicassio, PhD, to talk about courage and the power of living from your heart.

Theresa is a Registered Psychologist, Healer, Radio Talk Show Host, and Author of YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten Free Diet. She is also the “World’s nicest badass.” 

Find out more about Theresa on her website: TheresaNicassio.com

This is their conversation…

Dusty: Thank you so much for talking with me today Theresa. Before we get started, would you tell our readers a bit about you and what you do for a living? 

Theresa: Thank you so much for inviting me! I work as a psychologist and a healer.  I believe that psychology is about helping at the soul level, which for me an energetic place. I am more of a light being – carrying this physical body that is manifesting in service associated with love.  Who I am, really, is a kindness advocate, working to bring as much joy to those around me as possible.

We all have different perceptions about what it means to be human, and about health and healing. But our Ego can distort our perception and cause us to fee confused. Unfortunately, Ego creates a barrier to being healed and to feeling whole.  It’s paradoxical since the soul is so strong, and yet at the same time is also so tender.

What I do in my work is hold space for my clients with as much love as I can to help the wisdom within them and the moment to emerge.

Courage and the wisdom of our heart | theactsofcourage.com

When I was a child I was obsessed with the Holocaust and the plight of those whose ancestors were slaves. The horrific events drew me early in my life.  Yet, it wasn’t the terrible suffering that fascinated me, it was being in such awe of the strength of the human spirit that they so courageously exemplified.

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Daily Acts of Courage

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Developing the Cardiovascular System of the Soul

The following is a transcription of a TEDx talk Robert “Dusty” Staub gave in Wilmington, Delaware in October of 2016.

In the talk, Dusty outlines the 7 daily Acts of Courage that, when performed seriously, can free people of their most troubling lacks. Dusty tells the story of how he lived these Acts of Courage in his relationship with his father (to whom, in youth, he had built a wall of resistance founded in fear of disappointment), and not only achieved the relationship he dreamed of, but became the man he wanted to be.

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Why Courage?

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Where Your Courage Stops Is Where YOU Stop

If you are to claim the best life possible, you will need to be able to access and exercise courage as long as you live. Where your courage stops is where your effectiveness stops; where your courage stops is where your power stops; where your courage stops is where you stop.

The word courage has its root in the Latin cor, heart. Finding and accessing courage is when you have awakened to the deeper strengths and character of your heart of hearts, the seat of  your innermost feelings.

Courage, dear heart. - C.S. Lewis | theactsofcourage.com

Why is courage so essential to living fully, completely and wholeheartedly?

What does courage have to do with your day-to-day life?

Why would you wish to be able to access different forms or acts of courage in your work place and at home?

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