Sunday, March 20, 2016

Tip#940: Passion & Perseverance, Part 10 - The Greatest Game Ever Played

I recently did a workshop introducing my Recipe for Resilience to newcomers to Canada. It was raining that morning and yet the attendees who showed up proved that they were eager and dedicated to their own personal and professional development! As always I started out by sharing my challenges with burnout and clinical depression and how my three keys for resilience can help them.

It is always a joy to witness in my workshops how quickly a room of strangers can become more energetic and bonding once they start sharing their passions and pleasure activities. Some participants were from South Asia, Philippines, Brazil, Russia, Yugoslavia and China. And though they were from different parts of the world they made deeper connections with one another over shared passions like food, cooking, reading, traveling and the love of family.

Identifying and indulging in one’s passion is a huge first step towards one’s goals because it helps re-energize the mind and heart which leads to enthusiasm, confidence and a drive forward. It is the fuel that helps someone deal with difficult times and transitions in career and in a new country.

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

The biographical sports drama film, The Greatest Game Ever Played, is based on the true story of the early life of golf champion Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf). It is also the story of legendary British golf pro Harry Vardon (Stephan Dillane) who inspired Francis to golf at 7 years old. They end up competing against one another at the 1913 U.S. Open. This entertaining and inspiring film is also visually exciting in its unique ways of showing golf in action. See: movie trailer 

Francis loved golf so much that it fueled his perseverance while playing in the rain and the much older, experienced players. His passion sustained him when faced with prejudice for coming from a poor working class background. He also has to deal with a father who didn’t support his talents or love of golf. Despite these and other adversities Francis demonstrates all three key factors of my Recipe for Resilience.

1) Re-energize Yourself:
Francis energizes his drive and confidence with the pleasure activity of golf. He is also energized by the people who believed in him such as his mother, key club members, Eddie his young caddy, Sarah the wealthy girl he likes and even Harry Vardon during the competition.

2) Activate Indestructible Optimism:
Francis remains optimistic because he is able to visualize each successful swing. He can see the destination of each hit of his golf ball. Focus is the key here for optimism. Francis focused on the positives even when faced with negative situations such as pouring rain, competing against world champion players or a father who didn’t support him.

3) Build Supportive Relationships:
As mentioned in key factor #1 Francis was always energized with the support of his mother, key club members, Eddie, Sarah and Harry. In addition he began building the support of the spectators and the media as he persevered in the grueling U.S. Open. His passion inspired others to support him.

Inspiring Themes:
• Having a Vision
• Focus
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships

Whether you are a newcomer to another country, following a dream or needing to accomplish a goal remember to always keep your passion alive and burning hot. It is your fuel during dark and difficult times. The things you love and love doing will help fuel your enthusiasm and confidence to persevere. Find favourite movie heroes and real-life heroes to inspire you. Sometimes you just need your passion to be re-ignited to get you through the rain!

Related Tips:
Tip#534: Passion & Perseverance, Part 1 – 100th Year Anniversary - Titanic 
Tip#543: Passion & Perseverance, Part 2 – The Natural, Director's Cut 
Tip#652: Passion & Perseverance, Part 3 - The Company You Keep 
Tip#691: Passion & Perseverance, Part 4 - Rocky
Tip#731: Passion & Perseverance, Part 5 – The Right Kind of Wrong
Tip#752: Passion & Perseverance, Part 6 - Dolphin Tale
Tip#760: Passion & Perseverance, Part 7 - Today’s Special
Tip#864: Passion & Perseverance, Part 8 - Danny Collins
Tip#885: Passion & Perseverance, Part 9 - Outbreak
Tip#940: Passion & Perseverance, Part 10 - The Greatest Game Ever Played

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