As a coach I have attended many coaching clinics through the years to gain knowledge, experience and grow my skill set to help my athletes get better. One of my favorite all time coaches and speakers is Lu Holtz who had a fabulous career coaching, speaking and as a broad caster for football games. He was a program builder and did a super job everywhere he went. I had the pleasure of meeting him and getting a picture with him several years ago at a football clinic in Atlanta, GA. He is a motivational coach and person that has so much experience in life and is a winner. The quote above hit home with me today as I was surfing the web to prepare for writing and I wanted to share it with my people.
In this quote he is talking about three things that are key to winning, overcoming, preparing and doing well in sports and life. The first of these is Ability which is important as part of success and winning. We all have natural God given ability and some that we have developed through the years as we practice, prepare, study, learn and work towards our goals in life. We must take these abilities and maximize them to be the best we can. Motivation is the second part of this success formula and that comes from mostly within ourselves. We find motivation from others around us, our coaches, teammates and friends. But the final say on how motivated a person can be is a individual decision.
Football coaches stand before team and give a motivational fire and brim stone speech to the guys designed to fire them up and give them confidence and motivation to play hard. That fired up speech will last about the first 3-5 minutes of the game and then it becomes a game of will and who wants to win more than the other. Finding motivation when things get tough is the hard part. Finding motivation when you are down is the hard part. Finding a way to motivate your friends and get them fired up during battle is an art.
Attitude determines how you will succeed in life, sports, work and play. I was talking to my students today in class and we were discussing life skills and how attitude keeps us going and helps define who we are and where we go in life. The old saying is “you can either see the glass half full or half empty”. I used a half full water bottle as the prop and we talked about that for a few minutes. I want my students to understand that they determine their attitude and no one else. We started class out with a simple paper that had five faces on it. One was smiling, one frowning, one neutral, one crying and one really happy. I told them to circle where they were at that point with attitude. After we did the exercise and talked about it I had them repeat the activity.
Several of them actually changed their picture from frowning or mad to a more happy face. I suggest you print one of these off the internet and put it on your mirror or fridge so you have to decide how you will take on your day. Will you start the day glass half full or glass half empty? Take your ability and use it to become better. Motivate yourself to accomplish great things and go after life with an attitude of excellence and intention.