Today I want to take you back in time. Back to a time when life was easier; Easier in that the choices were a bit limited for most things. Be it food, places to visit, places to eat, etc. etc. This was also the case on TV and for so many of us, with such a limited choice (1 TV channel), we became very familiar with some cartoons.
Road Runner is one of those, and I think most of you reading this will remember the Road Runner's tagline with little prompting:
"Meep Meep & # 39;
Why, you may be wondering, am I taking you back in time and why? The Road Runner characters (Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner) were created for Warner Bros. in 1948 by animation director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese. Jones created a now well-known set of rules called the "Chuck Jones" rules for writing Roadrunner cartoons.
Here is the list:
- The roadrunner can only harm the coyote if he says "meep, meep".
- No outside force can harm the coyote – only its own ineptitude or the failure of Acme products. Trains and trucks were the exception from time to time.
- The coyote could stop anytime – if he wasn't a fanatic.
- No dialogue ever except "meep, meep" and howling in pain.
- The roadrunner has to stay on the road – for no reason other than being a roadrunner.
- All actions must be limited to the natural environment of the two characters – the Southwest American desert.
- All tools, weapons, or mechanical equipment must be obtained from Acme Corporation.
- Whenever possible, make gravity the coyote's greatest enemy.
- The coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by its failure.
- Audience sympathy must stay with the coyote.
- The coyote is not allowed to catch or eat the road runner.
What is remarkable about the list is how well it was defined and prescribed. Everyone who worked on the series knew exactly what the guidelines were.
Only 49 episodes were recorded, but the series has stood the test of time and is considered a classic of the cartoon genre.
From my position on Motivate Me today, our weight management program also includes a number of guidelines that are well defined and prescribed.
Our founder, Dr. Maurice Larocque, a globally recognized expert in weight management, has developed a science-based method that enables people to lose weight quickly in a safe and caring environment.
I'm so proud of the work we do, but I know that the setting of the clinics, the tools, the support, and my colleagues are critical to our clients' success.
We all know our roles and how to work within the guidelines. This, in turn, will play out in your life as you too will learn, over time, how to apply the rules and guidelines to your own specific circumstances.
I hope the journey back in time with Road Runner put a smile on your face. For those of you too young to have seen, click here to see some highlights from the series.
I came across this quote a while ago and the name of the author escapes me but fits the subject of today's email.
“The universe is full of dots. Connect the right ones and you can draw anything. The important question is not whether the points you selected really exist, but why you ignored all the others. "
Giving our clients confidence that they are connecting the right dots and the understanding / ability to ignore everyone else is at the core of our program.
I wish you a nice weekend until next Friday and keep it up.
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