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I have a confession – I love a great cartoon. From the Lego Movie, and old classics like the Lion King, to my all-time favourites the Toy Story trilogy.
I love the creativity and thought that goes into bringing these movies to life, through picture and colour, the characters and the environments through storytelling and song.
As I am sure most families did at some point over the summer, we visited the cinema to watch a film and the unanimous choice was Disney Pixar’s latest offering ‘Inside Out’.
In the avoidance of plot spoilers, the premise of the film is based around a young girl and the emotions associated with everyday life - Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger.
The emotions are characters that live in her mind (which everyone has but are all represented slightly differently), where they influence her actions and memories through a control panel (Headquarters). Part of their role is to store her new memories at the end of each day and ensure the core memories are kept to develop a unique personality based on life experiences.
The emotion characters also act as memory recall, to influence life, develop thought and link experiences together.
Whilst Joy is the dominating factor, it is key to have a balance of the emotions to influence development.
The story follows the family moving cities due to a work relocation and how the circumstances and the attached emotions can effect a change in people's outlook, personality and how they cope with them.
The imbalance of the influence of emotions can be seen through the changing relationships of the family, new and old friends, and new environments such as school and sports clubs.
By the end of the film, her emotions now work together with a greater understanding of the need for all, to guide her through the changes to through a more complex life, using core memories to form new memories and new experiences.
So now you don’t need to see the film (!), what does this mean for coaching?
Nobody said coaching was easy, and you are dealing with people who are players, and players who are people. There are challenges ahead every day, and to maintain a balance of the emotions creates string bonds and memories.
Have fun – and don’t forget to look from the Inside Out….
Jon Woodward is a Coach Education Advisor at sports coach UK. He is a parent, coach and coach educator fulfilling various roles with various sports – and can be found tweeting (@JonWoodward74) and blogging about coaching and life
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