I listen to everything your coaches say during meetings, at practice and on Friday nights. For even at my advanced age, there is still a great deal to learn.
What they say to you directly – and me indirectly – matters. It is lasting. And carries a great deal of weight.
Sometime during practice this past Monday, Coach Moroder made a statement. Something to the effect of:
“You don’t win games on the game field”.
It may not seem like it, but there is a lot going on in that one simple message.
I cannot speak to what you heard. But here is what I heard Coach say:
If you spent the off-season in the weight room, worked on speed and agility since last fall or were participating in other sports – you were doing what it takes to win games.
If you have committed yourself to become a better student, improve your GPA, lay a foundation for college and embrace a life a learning – then you are doing what it takes to win games.
If you have the will to do what is right no matter what – when no one is looking – or when you are the only one in the group willing to do so – then you are doing what it takes to win games.
If you can face an obstacle, challenge or any manner of adversity – big or small – with a positive attitude, the resolve to see it all the way through, learn from it and move forward instead of being stuck in the past – then you are doing what it takes to win games.
If you can stay fully present in the moment, address the matters at hand with a sense of purpose and urgency while keeping an eye on the horizon and where you want your efforts to take you – then you are doing what it takes to win games.
If you are able to tell a friend they are making a bad decision – even if it makes them angry, causes a rift in the friendship, or makes drives them away from you altogether – then you are doing what it takes to win games.
If you can give up yourself, make it about others and do everything you can to make the one next to you succeed – then you are doing what it takes to win games.
If you can apply yourself fully to these seven things, not just once, but each and every day, you will develop the habits that lead to achievement, success and eventually excellence.
And if you can do that, you will arrive on that game field every Friday night, knowing exactly what you need to do to win.