The Secret Ingredient

Did you watch the film “Kung Fu Panda”?  I don’t know why I didn’t watch it before last night, but I’m really glad I did finally see it.  Needless to say, being about kung fu, the central theme of the movie is self-belief.  Confidence really is “the secret ingredient” for success in life.


The movie demonstrated this important fact in two main ways.  The panda’s dad had a noodle shop which was extremely successful, and everyone went there for the special noodles which contained “the secretMichael Emery
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This of course perfectly demonstrates the fact that your own self-belief, your own expectations pave the way to your own perception of reality, and therefore create your reality.  The belief that there was a special ingredient actually made the noodles TASTE better.  Your perceptions are colored by your beliefs in relation to everything in life.  Your internal beliefs, your sense of self shapes all of your experiences and so it is vital that one has belief in oneself, confidence in yourself.

The other theme of the movie was finding the dragon warrior, the best kung fu expert, and this warrior would get to see what was on a secret scroll.  There was much competition for this valued position, but somehow, accidentally the overweight panda who knew little about kung fu ended up being named as this warrior.  The movie highlighted again and again the importance of belief and trust, the vital importance of believing in yourself and trusting in your own ability to succeed.  It also demonstrated the fact that how you look makes no difference, and even your physical ability has little importance when compared to your inner belief, your inner confidence and resolution to succeed.

In the end, when the dragon scroll was opened, there was nothing on it.  There was no secret formula for success.  All that was seen in the scroll was one’s own reflection, demonstrating once again the inevitable fact that everything you need is already there within you, just waiting for you to realize this fact.  The human mind is so incredibly powerful, if only we know to look within.


It is a fact that few people look within, few people tap into the hidden power of our own minds, and this is unfortunate.  So many of us look to the outside for approval and guidance, and this is true of even the most successful people.  But your true power comes from within, from your inner beliefs about yourself and your own internal expectations.   Few of us know HOW to look within, HOW to build our inner confidence.  Most of us just accept that “this is how we are”.  But this thought process is limiting to say the least; it prevents stretching and growth, and instead promotes stagnation.

Once we begin to think in terms of growth and how we want to be and what we want to achieve, then we can look at what we might want to change and how to change it.  Hypnosis is a wonderful tool to use when on a quest for self-growth, change and success.  Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and allows you to take a step back, to look at yourself from a different angle.  Hypnosis allows