This past weekend Reggie Bush attempted to hurdle a Denver Bronco which ended in an epic fail. He tried, and had he actually made the hurdle and picked up a few more yards, he would be the talk of the town in a more positive kind-of way. Reggie Bush actually laughed at himself later in a Tweet, saying “Lol damn did it look that bad on TV? All I could do was laugh at myself!”
This post isn’t about Reggie Bush, the NFL, or football for that matter. It’s about trying. Every day that our feet hit the floor, we should expect challenges and confrontations. We should have a plan on how to handle those situations and how to avoid being stressed out when our effort ends in failure. Being disappointed or not reaching a goal happens in life. Most of the stress we encounter in life is placed on ourself. I have learned, although it has been a very slow process, to let things go . . . knowing that I did all I could do. It’s hard for a competitive person. There have been days, sad to say, that I have been beside myself over a game of HORSE. I had to be the best at whatever I did. There is nothing wrong with that, but you must take the bad with the good. Effort is the factor. Many years ago, a coach of mine had a quote on his wall that I had to look at every time I went into the locker room:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. –Theodore Roosevelt
Whether you are an athlete, a CEO, a house wife, a dog walker, or in between jobs, always give your best at all that you do. Taking pride in yourself and your work is key sleeping well at night, knowing that you give it your all. Some of the most shameful times in our lives can be when we give up or take short cuts to avoid the work. I see more and more people today that work harder at avoiding work than actually working. Work, whether it be mental or physical, won’t kill you. Sure, you might not ever hear how nice and clean the house looks or how well you pressure washed the drive way or how quick you handed in a report or how hard you rode your bicycle, but YOU will know . . . that is all that matters. By the way, others DO notice.