FINALLY saw the movie "Ender’s Game." I had not read the book, so I was not familiar with the plot or outcome. And quite frankly, I had low expectations for the movie. But I was pleasantly surprised by the ending because, ultimately, though unsettling for many, it is perhaps one of the best examples of "mind over matter"— to do ANYTHING you fear. Here’s how:
[SPOILER ALERT] In the movie, the main character, Ender, a middle-school age teenage boy, is being trained to defend Earth against an enemy from out of space. He is recruited because of the advance battle skills he has developed playing video games. Throughout the movie he is being prepared for the "big battle" with the enemy by performing a series of simulated, video-game like battles against the enemy. Ultimately, he wins the final showdown destroying the entire planet of the enemy in his final mock battle.
Ender is disgusted when he finds out the battle was not a game, not a mock battle at all-- but the REAL war. And yes, he did, in fact, destroy an entire species. When asked why he wasn’t told it was a REAL war, his commander (Harrison Ford) tells him that they didn’t think he would have had the confidence to destroy the "enemy" had he known it was the real war.
I admit, I was just as disgusted as Ender. I didn’t want an entire species wiped out, especially when they later alluded to the fact that the species was not necessarily an "enemy."
In the midst of my shock and dismay, however, I realized that there was some strong rationale behind Harrison’s Ford’s logic that has powerful application for our own lives: Imagine what YOU can accomplish if you too thought you were just playing a game? Think about it. If you desired to skydive, or go to an audition or start a business. If you could do these things in a simulated experience like a digital/online game, your confidence level would be very high, because you knew there was no way you could: fail, be hurt or hurt others.
Your MIND, your THOUGHTS, are the ONLY things that stand in the way of your success.
From this day forward, stop living through a simulated experience like a game on your computer or cell phone. Stop living your life through the digital simulation of social media. And stop living vicariously through the lives of the characters you see on television or reality shows.
Instead, transfer that mindset into accomplishing your goals in the REAL game of life!