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“Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival”

“Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival”

Lessons from high school football

This week has been one of challenges: personal challenges-the kind of challenges that remind me in a way of my high school football “two-a-days.” Two-a-days is when you practice before school starts in the heat of summer and you have two practices a day.  One of the drills during those practices has been on my mind this week.  It was a challenge we called “Who’s Who Day.”

On this day, we would line up facing another player and when the whistle blew, we would launch ourselves as hard as we could into our opponent.  The winner of the contest stayed on to challenge the next person.  It was winner stays and loser goes home type of experience. The goal was to be the last one standing and not pushed out of your position.

What makes you dig down and get tough?

For some reason, when the going gets tough for me, the theme from Rocky 3 pops into my head.  Yes,  this might be cheesy but play Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” and tell me that you do not feel yourself wanting to go out, eat some iron and spit nails.

Sometimes in our journey, even if we have great resources and networks there are moments where you have to decide if you are moving forward or backing away from whatever is standing between you and your goal or dream.  I am not sure about you, but the physical battles never get me as wound up as the internal battles.  You know the battles, “Am I good enough?” or “Who do you think you are?  You are not X.”

For my personal coaching and business coaching clients the struggle to move forward to create a life or business of meaning and purpose involves the internal struggles as well as external challenges.  The internal struggle is the battle against who is in the mirror.  Just like back in my football days, the “Who’s Who” line up and battle with ourselves.

Do you have a pumped up tool kit?

I think that everyone needs to have a pumped up tool kit.

This tool kit is your go-to set of resources for when you need a quick shot in the arm.  Here are some of my go-to pump me up items:

  • “Eye of the Tiger” or another one of the songs that get me pumped up
  • Winston Churchill’s “We will never surrender” speech
  • Hand full of quotes from people that I look up to
  • A couple of short business stories of successful people

For long term success and motivation, make sure that you are in putting positive messages and media into your mental diet.

Coach’s Wrap Up

Despite having great resources and networks, everyone has to line up from time to time against doubt, fear and negativity.  When those thoughts and feelings come to challenge you, you have to dig down find the heart to push that negativity out of position and win.

What items are in your tool kit?  What motivates the positive you to defeat your negative rival?




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