Super Bowl Commitment | 50 Day Video Challenge (Day 14)
Today is Super Bowl Sunday. All over the world people will tune in to watch the largest American sporting event the world has ever seen. They will witness 2 teams, the Steelers and the Packers fight for 60 minutes, in front of 105,000 screaming fans, to earn the Lombardi Trophy, and to be crowned as the NFL world champions of the 2010 season.
Without getting into all the rhetoric about who is the better team, or make predictions about who will win I want to simply make one thing clear: Both teams belong here.
Both teams have faced adversity. Both have worked hard. Both have had their share of injuries, and set backs throughout the season. Both have won difficult games, and both have had to overcome devastating losses. Make no mistake about it, getting to the Super Bowl wasn’t easy. Both teams belong because both teams earned the right to be there.
They didn’t get here because of dumb luck. It didn’t fall into their laps. They didn’t give a “half-hearted” effort and just waltz into the big game. Neither team approached the task ahead of them with a “I think I’ll try this” attitude. “There’s always next year” is the statement of a loser. Champions put everything on the line NOW, realizing this moment may not come again. Tomorrow may never come, so champions play as if there is no tomorrow.
Neither team gave up when the chips were down and the challenges seemed insurmountable. They didn’t veer from the process or the plan, but stayed on the same course, and true to the mission. And here they are.
This is the culmination of a commitment made before the season began. Each team is realizing a goal they each had set. They committed, and then they followed through.
They didn’t listen to the Naysayers. They didn’t listen to those who thought it should be done a different way. They believed the system laid out by their leaders who had gone before them, and they plugged into the process of learning and executing that system to perfection. Pouring their hearts and souls into that process has resulted in this ultimate honor and achievement. There was no second-guessing…no looking back.
Keeping their eyes on the prize, and staying true to their commitment to persevere, in spite of the odds or the opposition, they have accomplished what 30 other teams could not. Each of those teams is equally talented and equipped to accomplish the same goal. But, these two teams committed more, wanted it more, persevered more, and worked harder. Through shear grit and determination to crush anything that got in the way of reaching the prize, they found a way to make it happen.
They didn’t quit. Winners never do.
Football is a game of life lessons. The lesson we take today is to never quit. IF you are going to play the entrepreneur game, then play BIG or go home. IF you are going to set life goals, then commit and let NOTHING stop you from achieving them, or don’t set them. IF you say you are going to do something, then do it, or keep your mouth shut.
Walk the walk; don’t just talk the talk.
Everyday I speak with people about huge dreams, big goals, and desperate situations. And everyday I speak to people who aren’t willing to do what it takes to live out their dreams, or get their financial circumstances back on track. Those folks are where they are and will stay there until they change their level of commitment to living differently. They stay on the bench where it’s comfortable, and everything is the same.
Then I work also with people who come with the same goals and dreams, say they are going to change, and even make the commitment to move forward. They get some coaching and get in the game. When they begin to play, the action begins, and then life happens. An obstacle is placed in front of them. They see what they perceive to be a “better way.” Someone tells them that they will never make it, or it will never work.
Suddenly that commitment fades like they breath they exhaled to make it. They want out of the game because it is easier to sit on the sidelines than have to deal with everything required to play.
All talk. Quitters never win.
It’s only those who decide to make the commitment, and take a stand for their own lives who succeed at anything in life. Football, business, family, friendships – it doesn’t matter – if you want to win, you are must make a steadfast, immovable, unshakable commitment to winning.
Then, don’t quit.
The way to guarantee that you will fail is to quit. If you aren’t willing to get uncomfortable, create new habits, struggle through learning new skills, fight through the obstacles, and even sacrifice the good to achieve great, then don’t even start. Just stay where you are. Stagnant. Unhappy. Unfulfilled. Broke. The good news, however, is that you might be comfortable where you are.
If you want to get more, you have to give up more. That’s a life law. There is no way around it. No shortcuts. A Super Bowl achievement requires a Super Bowl commitment.
“No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda