4 Pillars of Preparation

Learn 4 Pillars of Preparation to Set Yourself Up for Success

Chasing Mavericks is a movie based on the true story of Jay Moriarity's journey to surf Mavericks, a big wave break in Northern California. Mavericks is a famous surf spot about 2 miles from the shore outside Pillar Point Harbor, just north of the town of Half Moon Bay. The waves at Mavericks routinely crest at over 25 feet and top out at over 60 feet. 

Setting Up for Success

In the movie, Jay Moriarity's mentor (Frosty) Rick Hesson teaches him four pillars to survive and surf Mavericks. The four pillars can be applied to your life and help you prepare for success.

Frosty's 4 Pillars from Chasing Mavericks

Here are the Frosty's (Rick Hesson) four pillars of preparation.

1. Mental - Use your mind to be smart. Know your surroundings and circumstances. Know how to adjust quickly to what you see and learn, so when everything breaks loose you are prepared. 

2. Emotional - Emotions both too positive and too negative can kill you. Fear will be the biggest emotion that will paralyze you. You have to be able to remain clam, identify the emotion, and suppress it. You have to practice this. This is a key to successful preparation.

3. Physical  - You have to be stronger than you think. When you drop into a Maverick's wave, it's going to require strength, power to not let the wave eat you alive.

4. Spiritual - You have to dig deep. As you approach dropping into Mavericks, the spiritual is going to have to be with you. The connection with the wave and your soul will be key to surfing and conquering Mavericks. 

For me, preparation has always been a key ingredient to my success in sports, business, and life. As you approach big events in life and business, strong preparation will allow you to have the confidence to succeed. It will also give you the foundation to be inspired when things (the waves) change. 

Preparation and Success

As you think about your goals, picture them as waves. Your preparation for these waves will be key to your success. Here is a simple formula that drives home the point.

Strong preparation = strong performance
Weak preparation = weak performance

This sounds so simple but it's so true.

Chasing Mavericks Movie Review

I would not consider myself a movie critic, just someone who enjoys the escape and inspiration of a good movie. Chasing Mavericks was one of those movies that positively impacts your life. It has a great message. You leave the movie theater wanting to be better, wanting to fine tune your life's mission. I highly recommend this movie.