There are times when you are doing very well, and feel like nothing can stop you in your quest. You feel like you are doing the thing that fits you perfectly. This could be during computer programming, shaking hands with customers, or when you’ve exercised for 50 minutes straight. Regardless of the activity that gives you this feeling, take a moment to look at whether that activity is your “thing”.
Chariots Of Fire Message
In the 1981 movie Chariots Of Fire, described to me by a certain individual, there are two men who are part of a race. There is a runner named Harold Abrahams, who works very hard to be as fast as he can be. Then, there is the runner named Eric Liddell, who feels as though running is his special thing. He doesn’t feel so much that he is training for the victory, but that he is doing what he is supposed to do in life. On a related note, these were two real runners in the 1924 Olympics.
When we do that thing that we feel we are made for, there isn’t much that other people can do to stop us. We don’t need much motivation there, because we quickly return to the activity after doing other things, because those other things don’t feel right to us.
Is there something that you do that takes nearly no motivation for you to engage in? It might seem too easy to you, but to someone else, it might be something they see as too hard to even try. If you are able to notice what this thing is for you, you can make use of it before it fades away. If you are already making use of it, you know all about the unstoppable feeling.
Phone Calling Example
Using the phone to call people might sound like a simple thing, but there are immense benefits you can get from routinely calling chosen people. You can become a networking maven. A person who is very comfortable using their voice, and who doesn’t back down from anyone, when they are talking with them over the phone, could open up a world of opportunities by taking their communication strength and putting it towards contacting prospects.
If they had a product to sell, this would be a no-brainer way to expand their sales business. If they didn’t currently have a product to sell, or a way to make use of this communication method to further their goals, calling a few folks every day could easily get them in gear. People are generally helpful when talked to, more so by phone than by more distanced methods, so this could be a route to figuring out what one’s product or service to put out would be.
The Film Conclusion And Message Conclusion
Back to the film, in the first race with those two athletes I mentioned, Liddell beats Abrahams. Abrahams feels disappointment from this loss because he trained hard, but he doesn’t understand that Liddell is a runner in mind. Abrahams later ends up with a victory in the 100-meter sprint, and Liddell also ends up getting a Gold in the 400-meter dash.
There is certainly more to the film than this summary I have provided, but I wanted to elaborate on that separating point between these two runners, which also separates you from someone else in a specific category or two. It is good to find these elements of yours that need very little motivation to perform, and exploit them to the best of your ability. It is a form of gratitude for the advantages of your current state of mind.