Over the holidays I was able to sit down and watch Cool Runnings again. I must say as I get older I have a deeper and deeper respect for the acting of John Candy who passed away many years ago already as the result of a heart attack. It was like I was watching the movie through an entirely new set of eyes and it was like The Entire Bob sled team itself were doing an MKMMA course all together through the course of their training and eventual competing in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Cool Runnings was on a list of movies to watch over the holidays and the assignment was as follows:
The assignment was to a listed movie and write about 4 key areas of the MKMMA:
- DMP – Definite Major Purpose
- PMA – Positive Mental Attitude
- POA – Plan of Action
- MMA – Master Mind Alliance
Leon is a Sprinter with one dream…. to go to the Olympics. When he through a stroke of happenstance he is disqualified when attempting to qualify as a sprinter for his running event. he enlists the help of Irv, a former Olympic Bobsledder to put together the first Jamaican bobsled team or achieve is definite major purpose.. to fulfill his dream and attend the Olympics.
Leon demonstrates an excellent example of “I will persist and Succeed” Leon and Sanka go and visit Irv to initially discuss forming a Bob Sled team and Irv’s first answer is a definitive no.. so is his second, 3rd… 4th… they persist until finally they open his mind and convince him to take a chance them to Coach them. He never gives up hope for one second. Later on in the movie we find that Irv was actually stripped of his Gold Medals due to cheating in the Olympics back in the 1972 games. He added extra weights to the front of the Bob Sled in order to give his team the competitive edge. Even after this fact comes to light Leon still doesn’t lose faith in Irv’s ability to lead them to achieve their dream of competing successfully in the Olympics.
Leon puts a plan of action together where he recruits Irv as his couch. Connects with his Team Mates (him and Sanka connect with “Junior” & Jul Brenner both of which were fellow sprinters disqualified in the qualifying round. They Train long and hard and put into a plan of action to Raise funds to get them to Canada so they can begin to Train hard for the Olympics and finally earning them a place to compete in the Olympics themselves
The Jamaican bobsled team as well as the couch function as a Mastermind! Each individual has their own reasons to be on that team but all work in Harmony to achieve the end result. Leon is there because its his dream to compete in the Olympics, Sanka is there because Leon says he needs him. Junior is there because he wants to complete but also because he feels the need to make amends for getting the team disqualified. Yul Brenner is on the team because he wants to “Get of the stinking Island”. They all start as individuals but end up as a close knit team and grow closer while they reinforce one another. The Journey isn’t an easy one. It is hard for the other countries to take a Jamaican Bobsled team seriously. But in the end they earn their place at the Olympics.. they qualify after training hard and even though they have a major wipe out during the competition… they earn the respect of their peers and the next event they are celebrated as equals with respect to the international Community.
One of the most touching parts of the movie is when after all that training and all that hard work their sled encounters a mechanical issue and they seriously wipe out on the track. It reminds me of scroll 3…. “Failure I may encounter at the thousandth step”… in life we never know when we are going to encounter a setback. but it is what we do and how we treat that setback that defines how we are to evolve. The entire team gets up.. dusts themselves off.. pics up the sled and walks it over the finish line… I persist… I succeed.. I win…..
You notice how Mark J has a tendency to say.. ” Peace be the Journey “?? During the Movie Leon asks what “Cool Runnings” means.. and he says it means ” Peace be the Journey “… a very interesting connection!!