My husband always says that his destiny is to be surrounded by women…..his entire life he has been outnumbered by the female persuasion. He grew up in a house with 3 sisters, he has 2 daughters and of course- ME – the Ball Busting Dominatrix of the Bunch – well, I can only GUESS that it can’t be easy to live in a TOILET SEAT DOWN family.
The most ironic part of it all is that he is a TOTAL jock….a no nonsense SPORTS enthusiast….a MANLY MAN. There is not even an ounce of metrosexual in him- except perhaps, his shampoo and that’s only because I buy it for him.
He would be totally happy to be free to watch football, basketball or any other sports show and live in a house void of Reality Television. Too bad I am the one that sets the DVR. Poor guy doesn’t stand a chance when a new season of Housewives of ANY County begins.
But the ONE REALITY TV show we DO enjoy watching together are the Real Sports interviews with Bryant Gumbel on HBO.
Some of the stories of American athletes are not only inspirational and motivating but they always seem to teach an important LIFE LESSON .
I have no patience or empathy for chick flicks but after watching an episode of Real Sports I ball like a baby.
One of my favorite stories was about legendary coach Vince Lombardi, an American football coach in the 1960’s, who would always use inspirational quotes that motivated his team, one of them being:
“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
The most important lesson he taught is: Dedication and HARD WORK leads to triumph.
One of my favorite lines of his is:
“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”
His way of thinking and methodology to training his team was simple: THINK you CAN accomplish, then DO it. Practice doesn’t make perfect – only PERFECT PRACTICE makes perfect.
I knew a woman years ago at the gym I used to belong to who was in her early 50’s. She could easily be mistaken for the strongest woman on the planet. At least in my world. I have never seen anyone, female nor male, work as hard as she did. She lifted weights of dubious and colossal proportions. She did sprints, push ups, dead lifts, burpees, squats, and lunges by the 100’s without so much as coming up for air. She rarely missed a day of working out.
When I asked her once how she maintains her stamina and perfect form even at her 100th push up, her answer was simple:
“ I used to be obese. So now I am diligent about working out.”
Now that’s turning your life around. That’s dedication, sacrifice,determination and courage!!….PERFECT PRACTICE!
As with ANYTHING you do in LIFE , if you commit to incorporating exercise and healthy living EACH AND EVERY day- even when you just don’t feel like getting out of bed – and you do it with the same FOCUS, the same DETERMINATION, it will lead to GREATNESS.
Maybe it won’t earn you the title of the strongest person on the planet but it definitely leads to INNER strength to GET YOU TO WHERE you NEED to be to even BEGIN the JOURNEY to your GOAL.
A friend of mine always reminds me:
If you believe in yourself FIRST (because no one else is going to believe in you second ) and commit to the sacrifice and hard work it takes to get there…….well, you know the rest…..another Lombardi line:
“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”
Again, YOU NEED TO believe in YOURSELF first…have the CONFIDENCE to accomplish that GOAL and the mindset to PRACTICE – PERFECT PRACTICE in order to achieve it.
I’ve always found that when I stick to something, be it the incredibly impossible push up that I still have yet to command, or a BEST Selling NOVEL that I have yet to write…..it will happen.
Keep the comments coming in! I am dedicating this post to C.R. in N.J. whom- based on her comments- I think needed to hear it.
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