Ok, so a bit behind (obviously), but better late than never I watched Cool Runnings for the week 14 movie/blog requirement. With the holidays, travel and all I was unable to juggle finding a movie to watch and completing this task. I wanted to initially watch Mully as Mark made an emphasis on the week 13 webinar in regards to it being a great one to watch, but with being unable to find how to watch it easily and affordably I landed on Cool Runnings which is a favorite, as I often quote it. Mark mentioned as well his ‘Peace be the Journey’ affirmation came from it and so I figured a good refresher of it would be enjoyable in looking for the 4 habits of persistence.
The Definite Major Purpose for Derice Bannock and his teammates was going to the Olympics, albeit originally for track and field and the summer Olympics, but generally speaking of just the Olympics when Derice stated, ‘it’s my turn, I’m going to the Olympics’ the universe brought him, Sanka, Yul and Junior to the winter Olympics with bobsledding.
The Positive Mental Attitude that each of the Jamaican’s had was unreal! They never once faltered in their positivity – must be an island trait as Mark and Davene have that unshakable PMA as well! ‘No problems man!’ and ‘no big deal’ were consistently the responses to any negativity, or objections they faced along their Olympic journey. I ended up writing down so many of the positive phrases that I caught as significant for more than just positivity, but I liked these most;
‘I don’t care how fast they run, I’ll run faster. I don’t care how bad they want it, I want it more.’
‘You said no, and that’s alright because I don’t need you anyway, everybody is going to want to be on my bobsled team’
‘Do the words give up mean anything to you?’
‘Not a thing!’
‘I’m different because I know exactly where I’m going.’
I also made the connection of the mirror and our exercise within the course from a few weeks ago and loved it! Yul having Junior talk into the mirror, ‘I see pride, I see power, I see a badass mother who don’t take no crap off of nobody!’ and I liked when Yul told Junior that, ‘it’s not about what I see, it’s about what you see.’ This is a game changer as we can’t become what others see in us, we have to see and believe it about ourselves.
The Plan Of Action that they had was direct. When Derice lost his chance at running in the summer Olympics he quickly found an alternative way to get to compete at an Olympics. He got teammates together and found a coach to guide them. They trained, practiced and learned about their new sport and followed the path that their coach led them down. Junior says to Sanka about Yul, ’all he has to do is know what we wants and work hard for it, if he wants it bad enough, he’ll get it … the more Yul Brenner’s we got making it in this world, the better off this world will be…’ They knew what they wanted and weren’t unsure or distracted and were willing to do whatever it took to get what and where they wanted, but they never lost who they were being Jamaican or where they came from Jamaica – they made their journey authentically theirs.
The Master Mind Alliance they formed was mainly with their coach. They relied on him to teach them what they didn’t know and how bobsledding works. Derice utilized the Swiss team as well, through observation as opposed to direct contact, to learn from them as they were the best and the ones he felt they should emulate. This was initially beneficial, but they ended up seeing the benefits of being their authentic selves and true to their Jamaican roots.
When Derice and Sanka are talking,
‘I didn’t come up here to forget who I am and where I come from’
‘neither did I’
I’m trying to be the best I can be
‘so am I’
‘and the best I can be is Jamaican. If we are Jamaican then we better bobsled Jamaican’
It was great to watch this movie again as it had been quite some time since I last saw it and it was more inspiring and moving as I watched it through different eyes and a completely different mindset from this course.
So for now,
“Some people say, you know them can’t believe, Jamaica, we have a bobsled team!’
“no man, I’m not dead”
“Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s bobsled time!”