“There comes a moment that defines winning from losing. The true warrior understands and seizes the moment by giving an effort so intensive and so intuitive that it could only be called from the heart.”
Greetings, friends! It’s been a while, I know. Christmas, New Year’s, and ancillary responsibilities cost me the past two Mondays, but now we start 2019 with a fresh slate. I hope you are off and running. Let’s get to it!
Let’s forget for a moment the personal shortcomings of Pat Riley. He’s not perfect and neither am I. His experiences have taught him many valuable lessons on leadership and achievements so he deserves at least that respect. His point today is so true. We don’t waltz into success. We don’t lollygag into success. Nobody hands us success. We have to work for it, fight for it, and overcome whatever tries to get in our way.
I’ve never offered in one of these e-mails a link to a video but today I am. You can check this video out if you want to; it will help you understand. Click on this link or copy this it into your browser, get through whatever advertisement pops up and watch the 1972 Olympic 800m Final from Munich, Germany. It takes just bit over two minutes to catch the race.
I recently read a commentary by Dave Wottle on this race. Unlike the commentators who suggested he was running with strategy, Wottle said he was dying out there on the track. Halfway through the first lap he began regretting running the race. His legs were killing him. His motivation was shot. He was genuinely considering a nice jog to the finish, accepting his last place. But at some point he decided to give it one big kick, just a push as hard as he could to the finish to see where he might place. And if you watched the video you saw something amazing. Running against the very best 800-meter runners in the world Wattle closed the lagging gap, passed every runner on the course, and won by a nose at the finish line. It is inspiring to watch every time.
I wonder if the rest of those runners experienced any regret after the race? I wonder if any of them considered how much effort they left on the track? I wonder if any of them thought about the kick, the push, the effort they could have given but didn’t? It is a terrible moment to look back and wish in reverse.
* I wish I had tried harder in school.
* I wish I had taken better care of myself.
* I wish I had fought harder for the opportunity.
* I wish I had (fill in the blank).
Riley is completely correct. There is a moment, a pregnant moment, in any endeavor where the conscious person realizes the priority of the moment. NOW is the time to give it all or give it away. NOW is the time to surrender all effort or sacrifice success. NOW is the moment to push with everything you have to the finish line or pleasantly jog to the end. The winning mentality seizes the moment with no regrets to be had. Whatever your endeavors are today you may not control winning and losing but you sure do control the winner’s effort. If it matters to you will you step up now? I’ll only encourage you to consider what matters to you this year and give it everything you have. I have faith in you. Have a wonderful week.