Cool Runnings brought back memories of watching it during 1988 Calgary Olympics. The movie captivated how important having all four habits is crucial to success and how they are inextricably intertwined/linked.
DMP Backed by a Burning Desire
Derice is determined to make it to the Olympics and win the gold like his father. He and Yul are accidentally tripped by Junior. His determination takes on a life of its own. Imagination is sparked and he comes up with the unlikely scenario of a Jamaican bobsled team. Oddly enough, his vision is backed by tangible opportunities like a best friend who is the “best pushcart driver in Jamaica”. [There is no such thing as coincidence. God’s provision surrounds us.]
Positive Mental Attitude (A Solution for Every Obstacle)
There is community encouragement for Derice who has a “team” of local kid helpers. However, we see a predominance of naysayers and disbelievers who mock and belittle them. Some are strangers and others are family. Fortunately, their Mastermind has been constructed in such a way that they beautifully support each other when one is down and vice versa, which maintains the overall Positive Mental Attitude.
“All he has to do is know where he wants to go; and if he works hard enough, he’ll get it.” (Junior to Sanka about Yul)
“Go get your palace.” (Junior to Yul)
“Look in the mirror. What do you see?” (Yul to Junior)
“I see Junior.” (Junior)
“I see pride, power, and a badass. But it’s not about what I see; it’s about what you see. Look again and tell me what you see.” (Yul)
“I see pride, power, and a badass.” (Junior)
“When you look at me, what do you see?” (Junior to his Dad)
“I see a lost little boy who’s dad knows best.” (Dad)
“I am a man and an Olympian and I’m staying.” (Junior)
“And you’re a badass.” (Yul)
Written Plan of Action Expressed in Continuous Action
Irv shares his knowledge from winning the 1972 Olympic gold. Each person is chosen a position based upon who they were created to be. He drills into them through creating repetitive actions how to succeed. [Sound familiar?]
When they finally act in harmony and are true to themselves and their DMP while maintaining a positive mental attitude, peace is brought to their journey.
“The right foot for us isn’t the Swiss foot. The best I can be is Jamaican.” (Sanka to Derice about trying to copy the Swiss team’s routine.)
“If you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.” (Irv)
“How will I know when I am enough?” (Derice)
“You’ll know when you cross the finish.” (Irv)
“We have to cross the finish.” (Derice after they crash and carry it to finish.)