Bergman’s Best Advice: How to do it Your Way in 2016


Others in the movie business would often remark that she was just being herself. Ingrid Bergman didn’t act, as much as she allowed her true self to shine on the screen. This movie legend of the 1950s and 60s did things her way. Her philosophy on life can help us do the same thing in 2016.

You must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.

It spoke to you a few minutes before you started to read this article. Your intuition. It’s working around the clock – nudging you, hinting, knowing. While we tend to think of intuition as something magical – it is, in fact, based upon our inner most desires combined with all of our experiences and everything we have learned to date. In other words, that little voice is extremely powerful. How many of us pay any attention to it?

I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!

I know many people who give up at the first sign of failure or difficulty. Nothing worth going after is easy. Nor should it be. Take pleasure in the journey. Know that through adversity there is great learning. The more hurdles, the stronger you will be. Allow the lion inside of you to roar, and keep on roaring.

Be yourself. The world worships the original.

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people in business is how fake the people are. Managers who pretend they know everything. Co-workers who lie to get promoted. CEOs who are two-faced. Being authentic is so rare that just being yourself has become a competitive edge. Take off the mask and let the world see the real you. You’ll be amazed by the results.

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

We tend to dwell on the past. So many of us are held back by what was. In 2016, remind yourself of what you learned from troubles in the past and then move those learnings to present day circumstances and plans for the future.

I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.

This year, put far less emphasis on what others think and far more emphasis on what you want. The fear of embarrassment holds people back, but if we can laugh at ourselves – others will be forgiving and laugh with us, not at us. Yes, hear what others have to say – but at the end of the day, it’s your life and you are accountable for it.

After a scandal in which she had an affair with one of her directors and bore his child, Bergman was shunned by Hollywood and her fans for many years. Her saintly image was shot. But she kept pushing and hit it big in the 1956 movie Anastasia.

Bergman, probably best known for her performance in the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart, continued to work in the 1970s despite being diagnosed with breast cancer.  She said, “Every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.”

In 2016, do it your way.

2 thoughts on “Bergman’s Best Advice: How to do it Your Way in 2016

  1. What an inspiring article. “You must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.” Thanks for sharing.


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