This week we had an “assignment” to watch a movie and then observe and report the 4 Tiny Habits that create persistence.
Oh, no! Watch a MOVIE??? Don’t throw me in that Briar Patch! 😉
I’m somewhat of a movie junkie…I’ve even been known to quote movie lines in everyday conversation…OFTEN.
So I chose the movie “Cool Runnings.” It’s based on the true story of the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled Team.
Now, if you’re thinking “Jamaican Bobsled Team? WHAT???” Then you’re right there with me when I heard about the story. If you’re familiar with the story, then I guess you were paying attention to the Olympics in 1988. (I, however, was in my first year of college, and lived in what was affectionately known as “The Baylor Bubble” where only select information made it through to us students…)
But I digress…
THERE ARE 4 TINY HABITS THAT CREATE PERSISTENCE
- A Definite Purpose, Backed By a Burning Desire For Its Fulfillment
- A Definite Plan, Expressed in Continuous Action
- A Mind Closed Against Negative and Discouraging Influences (A Positive Mental Attitude)
- A Friendly Alliance With One Or More Persons Who Will Encourage One To Follow Through With Both Plan And Purpose
A DEFINITE PURPOSE, BACKED BY A BURNING DESIRE FOR ITS FULFILLMENT
Derese was a track star and Olympic hopeful whose dream was to compete in the Olympics. He “knew” he would make the Olympic team at tryouts, yet his dreams of running in the Olympics turned to dust as a fellow Olympic hopeful tripped and took down two additional runners…including Derese.
Yet Derese didn’t give up. Far from it!
He was inspired by a photo of his father — a fellow track star — standing next to a man who was an Olympic Gold Medal Winner…in the Bobsled. This gentleman wanted Derese’s father to be a bobsledder, as he believed that sprinters would make the best bobsledders. Yet Derese’s father stuck to what he was good at…running.
With just 3 months until the Olympic Games, Derese set his mind on a new goal: representing Jamaica in the Olympic Games…as a member of Jamaica’s first bobsled team. And he convinced his friend Sanka — “the best push cart driver in all of Jamaica” — to join him on his journey.
Derese located this man, Irv, who, conveniently, lived in Jamaica, and “stalked” him until he agreed to coach Jamaica’s first bobsled team. Derese then held a meeting to find teammates, and Irv did everything in his power to convince the attendees NOT to join the team.
Somehow they found two teammates (the other two Olympic hopefuls who lost the opportunity to compete in track and field), and a team was born.
The odds were stacked against them:
- They were track stars…they could run…on LAND. But what about running on ICE?
- They didn’t know what a bobsled WAS…three months before the Games.
- They didn’t have the ability to practice in the snow. (Forget “snow”…they didn’t even know “cold!”)
- They had a reluctant coach.
- They didn’t have a bobsled.
- They didn’t have the money to get to Calgary.
But they had the BURNING DESIRE to get there. Each of the team members had their own burning desire, and their combined desire led to their living their dream.
A DEFINITE PLAN, EXPRESSED IN CONTINUOUS ACTION
These young men knew NOTHING about bobsledding. They had to start from the very beginning learning the fundamentals of the sport…with just 3 months until the games.
I’m reminded of Vince Lombardi, who was passionate about the fundamentals:
Gentlemen…this is a football.
These men had to start with the fundamentals:
- What is bobsledding?
- Who are the team members, and what are their roles?
- What is a push start?
- The importance of cold weather endurance.
- Running…on ICE.
- The responsibilities of the Driver.
On top of the fundamentals of the sport of bobsledding, they team also had to raise the money to get them from Jamaica to Canada. In the movie, the team raised money by street performances, arm wrestling, a kissing booth, and selling a very expensive car. The first-hand participation in the fundraising events is proof of the BURNING DESIRE these men had to attend the Games.
The team — especially Derese, as the driver — continuously visualized their goal. Derese studied photographs of the turns and mentally went through the motions of navigating the turns. And the entire team went through the turns sitting in a bathtub.
Nobody had that much fun in a sled since Santa Clause! ~ Sanka
A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
Everyone laughed at these men for being the pioneers from their country in the sport of bobsledding.
They were different. People are afraid of what’s different.
But they never lost sight of their vision…competing in the Games. Representing their Country.
Other teams laughed at them. These men brushed off their negativity, because they had a BURNING DESIRE to achieve their goals. They KNEW they could do it.
Rise and Shine! It’s Butt-Whipping Time!
A FRIENDLY ALLIANCE WITH ONE OR MORE PERSONS
Sure, these men had a BURNING DESIRE to achieve their dreams of competing in the Olympics, but they couldn’t do it alone.
They needed the support of others.
They supported each other as teammates.
Yul to Junior:
I see pride! I see power! I see a bad-ass mother who don’t take no crap from nobody!
They returned to their roots and expressed their authentic selves:
All I’m saying, mon, is if we walk Jamaican, talk Jamaican, and *is* Jamaican, then we sure as hell better bobsled Jamaican.
When they became JAMAICAN bobsledders, they released their TRUE power. Ah, the power of authenticity!
They changed their push-start lead-in from “eins, zwei, drei” to…
Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! Cool Runnings!
That’s more like it!
Their bobsled was named “Cool Runnings,” which translates to “Peace Be The Journey.” (Hmmm…talk about being in harmony with MKMMA!)
Even though the team lost control of their bobsled and never finished the race, they still won. While they may not have won their medals, they won the respect of the world that watched.
WHAT’S IT ALL MEAN?
The bottom line and moral of the story is summed up in this quote from Irv:
A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you’re not enough without one, you’ll never be enough with one.
It all starts from within.
Cool Runnings, mon.