Sean just sent me a timely guest post that discusses what you can learn from American football. It’s a great read and makes me miss watching my beloved Giants. I think Sean’s got a number of interesting points here…even though he roots for my most hated team 🙂
“Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport – dancing is a contact sport.”
Well it is finally football season! Here in Texas, football is more religion than sport. Communities rally around the high school football teams like they were armies going into battle! So I thought I would pay a bit of homage to the sport by relating some life lessons learned from playing and coaching the game.
It is Going to Hurt
If you play football, you are going to get hurt. It might not be a bad career ending injury, but with football comes pain. The same goes with life.
It doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to have some pain in your life. It might be a failed relationship, a lost job, or a lost love one, but there will be pain.
The thing you have to remember is that most of these pains are no career ending pains just as in football.
You have to move past these pains and keep moving forward. Learn from them, if there is a lesson to be learned, and move on. Remember, it is not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up!
There is no ‘I’ in Team
In football, success does not happen if everyone does not do their job. If the center doesn’t get the ball to the quarterback he can’t get it to the backs to make the play. If the line doesn’t block the quarterback will get clobbered. It is the same in life; you can’t be a success going it alone. You need the support and expertise of others if your journey through life is going to be successful. Seek out relationships with others rather than shunning them. You will be able to reach much greater heights by standing on someone’s shoulders!
Having the Right Coach is Important
Even the best athletes need coaches. The same goes with life. A coach doesn’t have to be a professional, (although it wouldn’t hurt!) a coach can just be someone who is interested in seeing you succeed. A person looking at you from the outside can see a lot of areas that need improvement that you might not see. How else can you explain how a coach, who is obviously not as talented as the athlete, can improve an elite athletes performance? Coaches provide feedback on areas that you aren’t aware need improvement. Seek out a coach or mentor, and watch your success soar!
You Have Give it Your All
In football, as with any sport, you have to give it your all. You have to go out there every play and give 100% every single time. You should be doing the same with life. You get one chance at life, so why not make that chance count? If you wake up in the morning and go full speed, at the end of the day you will be able to feel like the day was a success. This doesn’t only apply to work, it applies to every area. If you are spending time with your love ones, be present, don’t have your nose buried in your Blackberry, give them 100%. If you do your best at everything you attempt, no one can ask for more. Remember, it isn’t the things we do that we regret the most, it is the things we did not do.
There you have it, so go out there and attack life! I will leave you the same way we started, with a great quote from one of the greatest football coaches ever. I almost forgot, Go Cowboys!
“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”
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