Learn and Release
I was a football coach for 35 years; 20 of those in the NFL. While I taught a great deal, I also learned a great deal. To succeed by being fast and feeling free, you must go into a battle unencumbered.
For 2018 that means not hanging on to negative experiences as they will hinder your forward movement toward your goals – those for today and in the new year.
Life is a lot like football and football is a lot like life. It’s a finite period — an opportunity, a chance to do the best job you can. To get the most out of life or football you must immerse yourself in the action. Get in the game.
To succeed at football and any sport you must play one play at a time. To be successful in the game of life you must be present in each and every moment as often as possible. Competing in this way whether in sport or life is easier said than done.
When competing on the field, players are constantly bombarded with external and internal factors that distract their focus from the play. The score of the game can distract from focus. When you are behind, it is easy to let negative energy affect your field disposition, body language, and concentration.
When you or your team is way behind on the scoreboard there is a tendency to lose hope, and give up against what appear to be too great of odds.
The same factors can affect us in our daily lives. Circumstances in life’s daily battles can distract us from our family, relationships and job. Guard against letting the valleys in the daily journey of living prevent us from being positive, conscientious, caring, and respectful. Continue to forge ahead toward fulfillment.
There are times in football games when your team is way ahead and the urge is to let up. Champions fight that urge and play a single play at a time with effort, energy, enthusiasm, focus, and execution of the smallest details; regardless of the score.
When things are going well in life’s journey it’s easy to let up on the spiritual foundation that got you to your place of fulfillment.
Coaches are constantly preaching to players: “Don’t let one poor play turn into three or four.” This occurs when a player can’t let go of the previous poor play. He then lacks the focus, concentration, and attitude necessary to execute the technique and play properly, which likely results in another poor play. Players must learn to have a short memory. Oftentimes, coaches perpetuate this cycle themselves by reviewing the game with constant emphasis on the negative. By doing this, players are more likely to hang on to their mistakes.
Life is similar. It is easy to hang on to negative experiences which prevent you from growing. We can learn from the past, but the positive possibilities are the ones right in front of you.