Field of Dreams… Revisited (Kevin Costner Movie)

Field of Dreams… Revisited (Kevin Costner Movie)

 

Do you have a Vision? A Dream?

If you build it, he will come.

Regardless if you think the Mandela effect messed with this quote from the 1989 movie hit Field of Dreams (starring Kevin Costner); the quote became a pop-culture mainstay – and with good reason.

But I didn’t always feel this good about this feel-good movie.

I remember when I first saw it as a mere teenager, it left me somewhat cynical. Well, back in the day, I kinda was. Not only did I not have any dreams and hopes for myself, but coming from a broken and dysfunctional family, I was, for all intents and purposes, pretty broken myself. I wasn’t the type of guy that had any hopes or dreams and so I had a hard time appreciating this sort of thing. So, to make a long story short, I didn’t appreciate the movie for what it was worth or for its lessons.

Fast forward to just last month…

My wife and I decided to watch Field of Dreams with the kids for movie night. After all, we did remember it as a clean movie fit for young children. All I can say is: What a difference 28 years can make on our outlook! I loved it!

It’s incredible how much a man can change through personal and spiritual growth when he decides to be intentional about it. That’s what happened to me. I grew so much in the last 2 years (and let’s not even mention the last 28), that my appreciation for certain things did a 180°. It reminds me of the saying by Wayne Dyer:

 

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

– Wayne Dyer

 

And so, I found the movie so inspiring that I decided to revisit it today and share with you my takeaways from it. Here they are.

 

1- Your dream is yours and yours alone.   

 

When Ray Kinsella hears the voice that tells him ‘If you build it, he will come’, he is alone. He is the only one to whom the vision is given. At first, when he undertakes the building of a baseball diamond right into his corn field, his wife, Annie, thinks he’s undergoing a midlife crisis – and with good reason. Nevertheless, she eventually buys into his vision and supports him.

Oftentimes, when we have a deep desire, a vision, a dream, we can feel quite isolated. I once heard a speaker say this:

My dream is mine, my vision is mine. It was given to me by God. I don’t need you to endorse it.

For some, this can even mean not getting any support, understanding, or help – even from a spouse. Pursuing a dream or a vision can be, in the beginning at least, a very lonely journey. 

 

2- If nobody mocks you for your dream, it’s just not BIG enough.

 

All throughout the movie, we see Ray’s own inner struggles as he wrestles with doubts about his own sanity. We also see how other people think he’s lost it. Other farmers in the community, family members (especially his brother in law), and neighbors all talk behind his back. He is ridiculed, mocked, and seen as a man who has lost his marbles. And when people come to Ray’s house, they can’t see what he sees, i.e. the players on the baseball field. So, when they see him starring at the field, they thing he’s just two fries short of a happy meal. His brother in law gives him quite a hard time and he is very verbal about it.

But the admirable thing is that in spite of it all, Ray just keeps going where his vision pulls him. One seemingly illogical step after the other, he just keeps moving and obeying ‘the voice’ that urges him further. 

Obviously, when we decide to be committed to our dream/vision, we often face ridicule. Often, the people we care most about; our friends and family, will say hurtful things that may discourage us. But you know what? Most often, the ridiculing and mocking comes from our own inner thoughts. The “Are you crazy?”, “This will never work”, and “It’s impossible”, most often come from ourselves through inner dialogue. That said, mockery, disbelief, and ridicule will inevitably come from others… unless your dream is too small.

 

3- How far are you willing to go?

 

Once he got the support of his wife, Ray got a second wind, and more of the voice… This time he is urged to ‘ease his pain’. When he finds out this refers to controversial author Terence Mann (played by James Earl Jones), he decides to go on a road trip – with his farm on the brink of bankruptcy and his life in disarray.  He heads from the corn fields of Iowa to Boston in order to go meet Mann. Once there, he convinces the reluctant and embittered author to attend a game with him at Fenway Park. And from there… more magic happens.

Commitment to a dream will often make us do some pretty crazy things. John Assaraf, the NLP coach and author, says:

Are you interested, or committed? The difference between the two will determine whether you succeed or not. 

 

Logic might say one thing, but sometimes, you just gotta follow your heart and your guts. That’s where the magic happens! Sometimes, you just have to never mind your mind (pun intended). Ray did this in the movie, and that’s when things got even more interesting on his journey.

 

4- Partner up along the way.

 

Ray Kinsella and Terrence Mann end up partnering together after Mann confirms hearing and seeing the same things as Ray.

If you persevere in the pursuit of your dream, God will eventually bring along the right people to aid you. At first, you might go it alone; but at some point, if you are relentless, others will buy into your vision. Others will eventually see what you see and want to go where you go. This is the equivalent of God’s pat on the back. Partnerships are the wind in the sail of the visionary. They strengthen him, they expand his vision, and they help it come to fruition. They are essential to achieving success.

 

Nothing of significance was ever achieved by an individual acting alone.

– John C.Maxwell

 

The partnership between Ray and Terrence is a pivotal point in the story. They complete each other admirably well. One is a pragmatic gifted in research (Mann), and the other is the curious one who always follows his intuition. Your partnership with someone of value (who values your vision) will also be a pivotal point in your story. It will add value to you and flesh out your vision in ways you never thought of. 

 

5- If you build it, they will come.                            

 

Field of Dreams-Thriving on Purpose

 

 

The best scene, in my opinion, is found at the very end of the movie. That’s when Ray’s whole vision comes to completion. That’s when the dream materializes in an amazing way. 

You see, at the end of the movie, he knows he has to make a choice: sign the foreclosure on their mortgage in order for him and his family to survive or…

I won’t spoil it all for those of you who didn’t see the movie, but Ray’s daughter and Terrence convince him not to sign the papers. Terrence’s speech alone is worth the movie and epitomizes what comes from a completed vision. He tells of how people will come once the vision comes to fruition. Here are his exacts words from the movie:

Ray. People will come, Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. “Of course, we won’t mind if you look around”, you’ll say, “It’s only $20 per person”. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh…people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

 

Field of Dreams-Thriving on Purpose

 

And then, as the movie ends, we see a lineup of cars in the dark, as far as the eye can see. Terrence was right. The voice in Ray’s mind was right also. Ray built it… and they have come! They have come from everywhere to this humble farmer’s house in Iowa. They have come from everywhere to be inspired; because money they have, but peace they lack. They have come from everywhere to witness a completed vision, because it is a rare and valuable thing to witness indeed.

 

 

 

I will leave you with a quote by by Howard Thurman about what makes us come alive – pursuing our vision:

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

 

And my friends, people come alive when they accomplish something that is from the inside out. They come alive when they are given a vision from God, and they do it without question. They come alive when they plant and harvest in a field of dreams. Noah knew it, Abraham knew it, Ray knew it… and now you know it.

 

Now, go. Build it, and they will come – Sebastien Richard

 

Author: Sebastien Richard


Kevin Costner celebrated the 25th Anniversary since they filmed the movie on June 13th, 2014 in Dyersville, Iowa.

Here’s a short clip of Kevin Costner’s Takeaways:

 

 

If you’d like to purchase the Movie, click on the Image: 

 

Field of Dreams

 

 


 

To check out the Book The Movie was based on:

 

Shoeless Joe-Field of Dreams

 


 

I’m So Excited to Be Here!

I’m So Excited to Be Here!

 

I hope you’re all doing great today. As for me, I’m sooo excited to be here! I couldn’t be more excited! This is sooo exciting! 

Ahem, okay, I admit it – I am not that excited. I am very happy. I am well pleased, I am honored, even enthused… but not really that excited. Is that so bad? Should I be excited? I mean, most of the world’s best loved speakers and thought leaders start their speech on stage with the words: I’m so excited to be here! For all I know, maybe they really are that excited. Maybe I’m in the wrong “mindset” as they would probably say.

Here’s what I found out about our over-excited and stimulated generation…

After reading Susan Cain’s excellent book: Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, I began to ponder what makes us say these words. Basically, we are catering to an overly extrovert, loud, noise seeking, and entertain-me minded public.

At home, I have Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. It is one of my favorite books and I love to skim through its pages regularly. To be fair, we must acknowledge that most of its amazing and history changing words are found before the 1950’s though. This brought me to the same conclusion as Cain: Success used to be measured by how deep and far you could think; by how soul-searching you could be; by how knowledgeable you could become. This is NOT to say that people today are not capable of revolutionary thinking and deep pondering. Most thought leaders I follow and admire are actually waaaay smarter than me. But I realized that the public they serve are still very much into the “entertain me or else” mindset.

Take Jonathan Edwards for example. The puritan preacher who ignited the great awakening in the 1700’s with his “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” sermon left an undeniable legacy as a powerful thought leader.

Numerous books have been written about Edwards’ life, his work, and influence on American history and his powerful professional legacy.

The scholar Benjamin B. Warfield of Princeton has charted the 1,394 known descendants of Edwards.  What he found was an incredible testament to Jonathan Edwards.  Of his known descendants there were:

  • 13 college presidents
  • 65 college professors
  • 30  judges
  • 100 lawyers
  • 60 physicians
  • 75 army and navy officers
  • 100 pastors
  • 60 authors of prominence
  • 3 United States senators
  • 80 public servants in other capacities including governors and ministers to foreign countries, and one vice-president of the United States.

Edwards was a premier thought leader in his day. He still is revered by Theologians as an incredible thinker, philosopher, and scholar. And yet, when he spoke and preached publicly, what was his style? Was he entertaining? Was he ‘so excited to be here’? Actually, he was utterly dull as a speaker. Someone once qualified his style in a biography as the style of a funeral director. Yup, that’s not very exciting.

All this to say that if Edwards was doing his work today he would have had little to no recognition. Why? Because he was a deep introvert – not too comfortable in public. He probably would have been booed off stage. We have become so enamored with the packaging that we neglect the content. We want excitement, entertainment, and yes, even fluff. We want our speakers to entertain us and tickle our ears. And yet, we often seek this to the detriment of true, deep, impactful, and lasting teachings that could change our lives.

Now, I am not saying that a speaker shouldn’t be entertaining. Nope. Not at all. In fact, I believe that if you are a speaker, the greatest sin is to be boring. I myself aim to be entertaining when I am speaking. What I am saying though, is twofold:

1- Thought leaders who are speaking shouldn’t try to get overly hyped up, pumped up, über excited – or worse of all: fake excitement to please their audience. they should just be justly entertaining and genuine.

2- People should seek out from thought leaders what made men great in history: life changing content, depth, and knowledge that could change their lives if applied. Because greatness is not always exciting, but we should nevertheless be able to hear it.

I hope you all found this exciting to read and that you’ll be excited to excitedly share it with others who will find it exciting.

That said…

You can get Susan Cain’s book here: 

Susan Cain Quiet Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can get Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations here:

Familiar quotations

 

 

 

 

And for those of you who want to go deeper, here are a couple of excellent books by or about Jonathan Edwards:

His classic sermons which ignited the Great Revival: 

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

 

 

 

His Life:

Jonathan Edwards A Life

 

 

 

 

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The 5 Do It’s That Create Success

The 5 Do It’s That Create Success

 

So what are the 5 Do It’s?

 

Just DO IT: We are all familiar with the Nike tagline: Just do it. The beginning of anything great requires us to just do it. Just get started. Just begin. Do the project, start the business, get the loan, ask the girl out, apply for that position… JUST DO IT!

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”-Zig Ziglar

My mother used to tell me: “Sebastien, ACTION is a magic word.”

 

Now, you might ask: Do what? Well, that depends on each individual. But here are clues:

  • Do the thing that has been nagging you for a longtime
  • What makes you angry in your life might be a good clue as to what you need to take action on
  • The thing we most FEAR to do is often the thing we most NEED to do


Which bring us to our next point:


DO IT afraid: The president of the John Maxwell Team, of which we are a part of, coining the phrase ‘DO it afraid.’ When teaching us to build our coaching business, he has often said these very words.

 

Because, guess what… like Yoda said to Luke Skywalker: “You will be afraid.”


When building that business or venturing out in the pursuit of your dreams, you will have to do things you are very afraid of – things that stretch you out of your comfort zone. Things that will make you lose sleep. You might also have to do things that will cost you money or friendships. You will be afraid. Do it afraid.

Here are a few good quotes on facing your fears:

“Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.” —Douglas Horton

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” —Babe Ruth

 

Here’s a video we did on this topic;

 

 

 

DO IT anyway: For ‘do it anyway’, I could use my own words, but I think Mother Teresa’s poem expresses best where I want to go with this:

Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;

It was never between you and them anyway.”


Yes friends, you will encounter all kinds of trouble on your own hero’s quest. Setbacks, trials, tests, failures, scoffing and mocking of friends and family, financial losses… DO IT ANYWAY!


This is the persistence part. Your mettle will be tested time and again, in more ways than you can imagine. The strength of your desire to succeed will get you through. This is the ‘do it’ where we separate the men from the boys. It’s the Marathon of achievement, and only those with the strongest hearts will finish the race.

DO IT consistently: Tony Robbins said this: “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”


For those of you who have read Darren Hardy’s excellent book The Compound Effect; you know just how important consistent action is in order to achieve your goals.


Consistency is not flashy, not impressive, and doesn’t get you noticed. Consistency is what you do when nobody is looking. It’s the nitty gritty behind-the-scenes stuff that isn’t popular – or likeable even. But without consistency, you can forget about long lived success. It’s just that important.


I like John Maxwell’s teaching on the Rule of five. I spoke about it in a video on YouTube entitled: Why every entrepreneur must have a rule of 5. The rule of five is simply 5 things that you will do consistently EVERY DAY until you reach your goals.


Which brings me to my last ‘Do It’…


DO IT until: The late Jim Rohn was well known for saying this in his speeches. He would answer the question: How long should you give a baby to try to learn how to walk? Until…

  • Promise yourself you’ll read the books UNTIL your skills change
  • You’ll go to seminars UNTIL you get a handle on it
  • You’ll listen to it UNTIL it makes sense
  • You’ll go for it UNTIL you understand
  • You’ll practice it UNTIL you develop the skill
  • Never give up UNTIL… however long that is


How long shall I put in all this effort and try to reach my goals or change my life? “DO IT UNTIL”, was his answer. It should be your answer as well.


Always remember that everything worthwhile in your lives and mine is uphill and it takes time. Do it until…


So, let’s recap the 5 DO ITS you need to make IT happen:

  • Just DO IT
  • DO IT afraid
  • DO IT anyway
  • DO IT consistently
  • DO IT until


And may God bless you as you do it!

 

Books we Recommend to help you reach your goal:

 

Just Do It

 

 

 

Click on Image to learn more

 

Brian Tracy Self-Discipline

 

 

 

 

Click on Image to learn more

 


 

God’s BootCamp

God’s BootCamp

Do you feel as though God’s making you go through a BootCamp?

Sometimes, God will take us through unforeseen detours on the road to finding our purpose. Just look at the Israelites when they Came out of Egypt. Because they had much to learn, God turned a 3 day pilgrimage into a forty year one – until they were ready to enter their promised land. How on earth did I go from postal worker to author and speaker and founder of Thriving on Purpose? Elisabeth and I had our own pilgrimage to enter into our destiny – our purpose. It was a bumpy one and we coined it: God’s Boot Camp.

 

 


Sensory Overload

Sensory Overload

 

Is Social Media Driving you Crazy?

I hear it constantly from all the so-called “Thought Leaders” out there: You have to network, you have to grow your friends list on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, you have to make YouTube videos and put yourself out there! Early to bed, early to rise, work you butt off and advertize! Don’t sell – add value; connect with more people and engage them, etc. And while I’m doing this on a regular basis because I do see the value of it, all I get bombarded with on Facebook, Google, Youtube, Twitter is ads, more ads, videos, and solicitations of all kinds. My inbox gets flooded with numerous ‘last chance for this exclusive offer’ emails. Let’s face it guys (and gals) – we live in constant sensory overload!
As a result, like you, I just can’t wait to ‘Skip Ad’ on Youtube. We live in a completely insane and noisy world – especially if, like me, you’re trying to build a business and get heard among the numerous voices screaming in unison for some attention – for their share of the market.
But let’s be honest here: human beings were not made for this onslaught of lights, sounds, and images. We were made to connect with other, yes, but not with hundreds and thousands at a time – at least not on a regular basis. I mean, there are limits with our ability to connect effectively and meaningfully with people. When the numbers grow too big and the speed of our conversations is put in overdrive, we just cannot possibly connect at a deeper level – we just stay on the surface. We often are spreading ourselves too thin relationally by trying to respond to all the requests, pulls, conversations, posts, emails, etc. Slow and steady wins the race… right? Or maybe not anymore. But what does this all mean? Have we lost our humanity on the information superhighway? I think we may be falling for a for a trap set on our path by the enemy of our soul. To better explain, let me just share the following story with you:
Satan’s Meeting
Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles, and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Savior. Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, but steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Said the devil, “This is what I want you to do: Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”
“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.
Satan answered, saying, “Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds. Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work! Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive–to keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home; and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-Biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”
“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotion offering free products, services, and false hopes. Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives.”
“Give them Santa to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas. Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about His resurrection and power over sin and death. Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead. Keep them busy, busy, busy! And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”
Although this story was written before the explosion of Facebook ads, and Google Ads, and YouTube videos, it still explains where I’m going with this: We have fallen for the trap of business (being busy)  through sensory overload set before us by our Enemy. When building an online business we can become so ensnared by its subtlety that we reason it away: “Well, I have to engage people through social media”, or “This is just the way to grow my business.” But what if you just do your best and leave the rest in God’s hands? This is the conclusion I have come to through the noise and the ad bombardment. You can’t be everywhere and connect with everyone and be seen by everybody. At some point you just have to say, “Well, that’s enough for now, I’ve done my part; the rest is in God’s hands.” There’s nothing wrong with building a strong online presence for your biz, but if it hurts your family time and you can never put your phone down, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities – even more so if it keeps you from connecting with the most important one of all: God. If you are too busy to pray and think on spiritual matters, you are just too busy and something is out of whack.
Just keep these verses in mind whenever you feel yourself going into sensory overload and losing your balance:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
May God bless you as you seek Him amidst the noise and the haste!

 


 

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