Don’t give me a hard time! I’ve got kids! However I wanted to draw attention to the subtle beauty of one of the aspects of Disney’s brilliance. Almost all of Disney’s truly iconic films have a catchy tune that works its way into your brain like those bugs in “The Wrath of Khan”. If you’re not familiar with that movie but have gone on “It’s a Small World After All” at Disney World, you know exactly what I mean. The ability to have a song from a movie get stuck in the consciousness is priceless. The problem is that things like “Bippity boppity boo” are not what we want to have swimming around our heads for hours. I truly apologize if I just did that to you.
Having a thought repeat in your head thousands of times is not a bad thing, if it is the right thought. So dust off those fairy tale theme songs and put them to a better use. It doesn’t have to be a Disney song, anything that gets stuck in your head will work. My personal favorite that is not Disney is “Jenny (867-5309)”. The Disney one that I usually go to is “Hustle While You Wait” to the tune of “Whistle While You Work”. It’s a useful one for me as my players tell me that they can’t wait for the season to start. While the waiting is going on, they can get to work on making that season better. That’s a thought that needs to be stuck on repeat in my players’ heads. The Seven Dwarfs just make it easier because the tune is already implanted.
At this point, you might hate me for implanting that tune into your head. Now the responsibility falls onto you. If you don’t want some inane thing repeated in your brain, make it something useful. It only becomes maddening if you don’t do anything with it. Progress is something that we are all after. If this silly little trick helps you make progress, then use it. If not, then find your own silly little tricks. The tricks only matter if they get results. Disney is a master at making memorable movies. This is your movie! Make it memorable, if for no one else, for yourself! Cheap tricks, sound planning or anything else that will get you closer to where and who you want to be.