Week 14 – “Your Mission…

Mission Possible

should you choose to accept it, involves…”

send-self-destructing-spy-messages-via-google-docs-texts-and-private-links.w654watching one movie from either: October Sky, Cool Runnings, Door-to-Door, Rudy. Look for the 4 tiny habits of persistence: a Definite Major Purpose (DMP – backed by a burning desire), a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), a Plan of Action (POA – just about reprogrammed myself for this acronym as it has read Power of Attorney for 20+ years) and a Master Mind Alliance (MMA – where 2 or more are in harmony with 1 DMP). Then write about it in this week’s blog post. 

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9137513We watched the first 2 choices: October Sky & Cool Runnings.  In identifying each of the 4 habits, their DMPs were what really had the light bulb dancing above my head (harmonic back up in stereo of course).  It was not “save the world” or “bring food to thousands in need” – it was “I’m going to build a rocket!” and “I’m going to compete in the Olympics!”

I’m not implying that either of the gentlemen portrayed in these movies had simplistic or selfish desires – nor is wanting to save the world or feed the hungry anything less than noble – it’s just not where either of these two started their journey.  Ultimately what they accomplished did “change” the world – just not necessarily in a direct humanitarian or philanthropic manner (within the movie time line).

download (1)Determination! They both saw the end result of their desire as something which was their due.  This is where the electricity within me turned up the light bulb AND the sound!

I must cease trying to create a purpose based upon WHAT I want.   I must dig down into my heart, my soul, my centre – and see WHO I AM. THAT is my DMP.  What I do with myself, when I am the person of my DMP, is where my further desires of humanitarian and philanthropic actions may be realized to their fullest.  First I must become that person. 

download (2)Do you feel the vibration – the shift of thought taking place – the electrons running towards each other to create what is now being realized as my chosen reality?

Woo Hoo! Here we go!

0364320_28461_MC_T 89770437f83b87cde8cd56ceeb6132aeNow – both of the 2 main characters were in a situation which did not encourage their dream: being part of a town who believe their young men either grow up to play football or work alongside their fathers in the coal mine; or bobsledding when you have never even seen ice, cannot really practice and have no idea what cold really is. These environments resulted in quite a bit of opposition (read “negative minded people”).

Even with the onslaught of “reality” coming to kick their butts, they both chose to remain positive (PMA) and not listen to those who wanted to keep them where they were.

A plan – there is always a plan!!  And most of the time it goes nothing like you thought it would (that’s where life throws curve balls to keep you on your toes – to make sure where you thought you were going is REALLY where you wanted to go).

Both of these 2 heroes were willing to do what it took (building and crashing rocket after rocket after rocket or flashing pictures of each turn in order, again and again and again) to get where they were going. Each chose to practice and repeat! Adjust, practice and repeat. Adjust again, practice and repeat. Nothing was going to stop them!

oct_l Cool-Runnings7Lastly, we add in to the mix their Master Mind Alliance:  Homer did not know the first things about rockets so found one team member who had the rocket knowledge and added his two other friends – all who had a similar desire to get out of Coalwood – not end up in the mine; Derice was no longer a runner doing his own thing – he needed 3 others to make up his bobsled team, each with their own idea of doing more than what was laid out by others. 

Each of the ‘team’ members had different desires but they worked with the burning desire of the main DMP.  This is where the alliance truly shines.  If there is no common ground which all parties are committed to, there is no synergy. With synergy, each group soared!  Literally in both these cases.

But a MMA does not just include those within the close confines of the team – it includes others for what they bring to the table, when they are needed:  the coach who knows where to get a sled; the machinist who knows what kind of metal the boys needed.

One must be open to the universe providing the required components in unexpected ways.

Roll with it!  The universe knows all the possible permutations.  Believe that you get closer each step, each day, each moment as long as you maintain your desire!

images (10)May you be empowered with a clear DMP, an unending PMA,
a well defined POA, and a productive MMA!  

Thank you for stopping by this week!

Carolynn Sokil  

When the Jamaican boys were discussing what to name their sled,
and Derice chose  “Cool Runnings”, he commented that it meant
“Peace be the Journey.”  
Mahalo, Mark & Davene! 

8 thoughts on “Week 14 – “Your Mission…

  1. David Evans

    I’m officially inspired! Your faithfulness to the intent of the assignment we received is exemplary. I love the R2A2 you included in the closing paragraphs about how we can, if we will, form a similarly beneficial mastermind alliance. I love how you never “mail it in.” Thank you!

    On a personal note, I’m officially bummed that my programmed recording of “Cool Runnings” didn’t come off as intended. Good thing I found “October Sky” on Netflix. I’m glad you got to see both.

    On the plus side, I saw “Saving Mr. Banks” today, and it, too, qualifies in the same category with our homework. I love how Walt Disney stayed true to his intent to keep his promise to his daughters, how he gathered mastermind partners, and how they all found a way to manifest the intended purpose through definite plans despite the opposition they encountered. Well written, and well acted.

    1. Carolynn Post author

      Sorry to hear you were unable to watch Cool Runnings! As an aside – I actually went on the ice run at the Calgary Olympic Stadium. I went on a luge sled and went 4 turns (a paid ride – worth every penny). This was going back to 1994 – so a few years after the Jamaican team were there but I have a picture of me in the sled they used – as it was put out for people to see.

  2. Joe Couto

    I think you are right about our heroes ultimately changing the world by leaving a legacy of hope for everyone who knew them. I’ve seen both movies and each gets two thumbs up!

  3. Heather Plude

    I love the way you compared these movies, reviewed them and went above and beyond… you truly are detail oriented! Awesome blog post and I LOVE the Mission POSSIBLE theme! :)

  4. Bill Knox

    Thank you! “A plan – there is always a plan!! And most of the time it goes nothing like you thought it would (that’s where life throws curve balls to keep you on your toes – to make sure where you thought you were going is REALLY where you wanted to go).”
    Yes, reminds me of:
    “I am nature’s greatest miracle.
    I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of
    life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. I will no longer be fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open. I will look beyond the cloth and I will not be deceived.” Og Mandino


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