Persistence, a character-defining habit, develops by faithfully integrating four seemingly small actions into your daily routine. The whole is much greater than the sum of the parts! The four actions are:
- A definite major purpose, combined with a burning desire
- Written Plan of Action
- Positive Mental Attitude
- Mastermind alliance of 2 or more people
A good way to reinforce your own practice of persistence is identifying these four actions in movies and books. For this week’s exercise, the mastermind group was directed to watch a movie, and from the movie find examples of the actions and how persistence was developed in the character(s).
The movie I chose is “The Good Lie.” The movie is about four children, who were part of 20,000 children who fled Sudan 1987, during the country’s Second Civil War. These children are known as the Lost Boys of Sudan.
The four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Civil War. They subsequently flee and make a difficult and dangerous trek hundreds of miles across the plans. The children endure death, hardships and sacrifice during the journey before reaching a refugee camp in Kenya.
In 1996, these four children – Mamere, Paul, Jeremiah, and Abital – were among the 3600 Lost Boys of Sudan chosen for re-location to the United States. However, the three boys went to Kansas City, Missouri, while their sister, Abital, went to Boston.
Because of the Sudanese culture and the trauma they had endured, the family separation caused significant distress to all the children. Mamere, the leader of the group, felt it was his responsibility protecting his sister and keeping the group together. Additionally, they knew nothing of the culture and technology of the United States.
An employment agency assigned a counselor, Carrie Davis, for helping the three boys find a job. She became their friend and strongest advocate, as they tried to adapt to their new home, and negotiate the bureaucratic crossfire to get their sister, Abital, to Kansas City.
Carrie, in an effort to help the brothers get their sister back, developed a plan for Abital re-joining her brothers. She first visited the Immigration Office, where they told her Abital could not come to Kansas City. They could not bring the family together because of rules about male and females cohabiting.
Carrie did not take no for an answer. She went back to the Immigration Office and demanded to see the Immigration Supervisor. Together, the supervisor, Mamere, and Carrie developed a workable plan for bringing Abital to Kansas City.
Carrie applied to Immigration for a license as a home sponsoring family and received approval. Abital then moved in with her. Thus, the family re-united!
Four small actions required to develop persistence were clearly evident in Carrie’s actions. Her definite purpose was to re-unite Abital with her brothers, backed by a burning desire to help the family. She showed a positive mental attitude when she did not settle for no; she and her mastermind group developed a plan to make it happen.
This was an amazing movie and a wonderful way to see persistence in action!
“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
An African Proverb
I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.
‘Till next time,