In my mind, there are five seasons – winter, spring, summer, fall and football. Football season is my favorite!!! There are a lot of life lessons that can be learned from football.
“Gentlemen, this is a football”
The legendary Coach Vince Lombardi would always start the first day of practice with this line, actually showing all the players the football. Then he would take them outside and show them the field, the end zone, etc, etc. He reminded them of the fundamentals of football. Players who excel in the fundamentals get chosen to be part of a team that works together to win the Lombardi Trophy – the Superbowl. They win because they excelled in the fundamentals.
Lesson #1 You must excel at the fundamentals FIRST in order to win.
How badly do you want to win? You can say you want to win all you want but you must really, really work to make it happen. Football practice is long days, running the same drills and plays over and over and over. Life revolves around watching film and being on the field. Do you think the players want to run the same plays over and over again? Do they want to spend long hours outside in the hot weather on the field or sit in a film room and watch the same plays over and over again? No, they want to be out there on Saturday and Sundays playing. They want to put on a uniform and represent their team. They want to WIN!
Life Lesson #2 – sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do in order to be successful. “Practice makes perfect”.
One of my favorite parts of the football game is the end. Not because the game is over but because I love to watch the teams celebrate their win! I especially love to watch the celebration if its been a “win by the last second field goal” type of game. In sports, the phrase “that team just had a lot of heart” or “that player just showed a lot of heart today” is most often used in the post game recap of these types of games. the “heart” is the passion, the deep down desire to win. The winning team just wanted it more than the losing team. Of all the game winning celebrations I have seen in my life, this one from a movie is my all time favorite:
Rudy wanted to play football at Notre Dame. He is an excellent example of having the “heart” of a winner. He excelled at the fundamentals, he spent endless hours studying and practicing and he had the most “heart” of any other player. He was the single source of inspiration for an entire team of football players and coaches.
Lesson #3 – you have to have “heart” in order to win. It’s not just all about the doing.
What do you want to win?
Do you want to win that great job you have been dreaming about? Do you want to win (be successful) at your current job? Want to win a marathon? Win the battle with your weight? There are so many things to choose!
Whatever you choose, just don’t quit. Quitting is losing, not winning!