Mary Poppins, The First Life Coach?

By Jeremy Blake on December 19, 2019

During a training session last week people were discussing what they want to watch over Christmas. Mary Poppins Returns was talked about a lot, as were other family movies. The ‘is Die Hard a Christmas film?’ debate happened too… I say it is!

As the day progressed and teams developed ideas and language, I found myself quoting Mary Poppins, the original film, which I am a late convert too having only seen it with my own children about twelve years ago.

I put to you that Mary Poppins may very well be the first life coach. She comes into the Banks family’s life and dispenses wisdom that they need to chew on for some time.
The brevity of the sentence Mary gives you being much shorter than the depth of its meaning.

As 2020 approaches, people will look closely at their own lives and consider what they don’t like. I encourage you to first consider what you do like.

Ditching bad habits is a good idea but be careful not to confuse a person in your life as a bad habit. Look at your own actions first and take some of some of Mary Poppins’ medicine.

Here are my favourite five pearls, which if acted on, are as good as any New Year Resolutions.

My tip is to read them, chew on them and ask yourself how well you measure up.  Then choose the first small step you will take to make a positive change.

1.           “Well begun is half done”.

2.           “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and - SNAP - the job's a game!”

3.           “First of all, I would like to make one thing quite clear. I never explain anything”.

4.           “Now the, the qualifications...

  • Item one: a cheery disposition. I am never cross.
  • Item two: rosy cheeks... obviously.
  • Item three: play games, all sorts. Well, I'm sure the children will find my games extremely diverting.
  • Item four: you must be kind. I am kind, but extremely firm”.

5.           “Enough is as good as a feast"