I sure enjoyed watching the movie “Cool Runnings” tonight. What amazing inspiration it brings of never giving up on your dreams, no matter what the opposition is!
Derice is such an phenomenal example of a focused, determined spirit with a definite major purpose, an extremely positive mental attitude with a definite plan of action. It was great to see how this infected his whole team to get started, work hard, and follow through no matter what!
After spending his life preparing to be a sprinter in the Olympics and losing that opportunity by being tripped by someone else in the qualifying races, he did not let that stop him. By keeping a positive attitude, and searching for other avenues, he found a way – bobsledding – in Jamaica!
No amount of no’s from his potential coach, no amount of ridicule from his countrymen, no lack of financial support would deter him and his master mind alliance/team. Once at the Olympics, no amount of ridicule or obstacles would stop him or his teammates and coach. I see Derice’s PMA (positive mental attitude) and persistence being the driving force to keep everyone going.
It was interesting to see the different personalities, that under normal circumstances would never have worked together well, allow they definite major purpose to override their differences. It was great to see different ones “pull each other up” when they needed it.
After all their hard work and progress to be leading in the last race, it was heartbreaking to see their sled malfunction and their sled turn over and scrape them along the track. What an awesome victory to see them get up and carry their sled across the finish line!
It was interesting that once one person “broke the ice” and started clapping, it allowed others to start cheering them on and congratulate them across the finish line.
How cool that they came back hero’s in their own country, and returned 4 years later as equals with the other Olympians. I am so proud of each of their tenacity because of their “can do” attitude. What an excellent reminder of how the power of having a definite purpose with a positive mental attitude and a plan of action with a master mind group can accomplish what seems to be the impossible.
I am thankful that I am headed this same direction – are you doing the same !?!