The other day I was conditioning a group of basketball players. I had a tough time finding a parking spot so I ended up parking about 1/2 mile from the gymnasium.
I had two large buckets with medicine balls in them. Each weighing over 50 lbs with a skinny handle that cut into my hands.
On the way in I stopped a few times to check my iPhone for directions so it wasn’t a big deal.
I went in and did my thing. I distinctly remember yelling “CHALLENGE CREATES CHANGE”
“Give your Best…only you know if you gave your Best! That is Success!”
After wrapping up with the team, I began my 1/2 mile march towards my blacked out Jeep Rubicon.
Soon my traps were burning, then my mid-back caught on fire…at least it felt that way…then I thought.
“I could take a break and all of the pain will go away.
or…I could gut it out and see what I’ve got. Can I really make it the entire way back without resting.
Can I endure the pain?
or will I shy away and cower from the fear of discomfort.
No one will ever know. I’m the only one here.
But the most important person’s opinion of me is me.
Am I a LION or a lamb?”
I saw a vision of past coaches with beer bellies, really short shorts (you know the BIKE shorts) and a whistle. Blowing the whistle and yelling “one more” fifteen times in a row as we all gasped for what seemed like our last breath.
Never would I let that be me. I will lead by example..not to impress anyone…but to see what I am made of and to inevitably become more. To fulfill my potential.
I didn’t think I would ever share this but I felt compelled to share this because there is a lesson here.