This week we turned our focus a bit outward, as we watched a movie to see how the 4 Tiny Habits play out in life. I chose to watch the lighthearted movie, Cool Runnings. I really enjoyed this movie, and found the 4 Tiny Habits present throughout the entire movie.
Derice Bannock lives in Jamaica, and from the very start his definite purpose and burning desire was clear; to go to the Olympics and win. He sprints across town, always, preparing for the qualifying race that will get him to the Olympics. This is his definite plan of action, expressed in continuous action. Running, running, running. He has his mind set, and nothing will deter him from winning. And then, quite literally, he hits a bump in the road and is thrown off track. This particular bump has a name, Junior Bevin. He is in the race, and as he loses balance, he also takes out Derice and another runner Yul Brenner. In one moment, all he has dreamed and worked for is gone, and by someone else’s hand…I suspect if I had been in this situation, I would have reacted more like Yul, who basically wants to beat up Junior. Angry, frustrated, let down, feeling helpless. But not Derice..he immediately takes control and does not take no for an answer. He has a mind guarded tightly against negative thought and discouraging influence. He asks for another race, and is told no. Still, that does not stop him. In conversation, he discovers another possible way to get to the olympics; bobsledding. But is this even a possibility? A Jamaican bobsled team? Never been done before. No team, no snow to practice, no money to finance the venture; heck, he didn’t even know what a bobsled was! Seemingly everything going against him, but he is laser focused and all he sees is a way to the Olympics. He refuses to see obstacles, only solutions. He makes friendly mind alliances with people who encourage him to follow through; it appears though that this may be the most difficult task in the movie, as everyone he comes into contact with is either negative or discouraging, or straight up laughs in his face. But he smiles through it all, because it means nothing in his grand scheme. He manages to find a coach and a team, and they began their pursuit to the Olympics. His positive mental attitude begins a change in the others, and as they truly become a team, the dream becomes more real.
Derice does not falter in his determination to get to the Olympics at any point in the movie, although he faces a hurdle at every turn. I was thinking to myself as I watched this movie, ‘Man, this guy is ALWAYS smiling! He does not let ANYTHING get to him. Do these people really EXIST?!’ I realize that this is a Disney movie, and of course a feel good movie is supposed to make you feel good. But this determined, joyous disposition in life is absolutely possible! We are not all given the same hands from the deck at birth, or have been nurtured or taught to believe the same things, or may not have had encouraging words growing up, but we ALL are a manifestation of the Universal Mind; and it our right, our purpose, to live a life of joy. And it is never too late to realize this or to begin a mental regimen to secure this happiness.
This movie encourages and inspires one to dream again and set goals, and the endless possibilities that are in store for us if we take consistent, unwavering steps toward its attainment. I’ll close with a quote from the movie that sums it up quite nicely,
“All he has to do is know what he wants, and work hard for it”
I am excited to begin a new year with a new positive attitude, and a powerful mastermind alliance that shares the same vision of bringing more joy and love to the world…
✌🏻 and ❤️