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Friday, November 15, 2013

Rise and Shine

Sometime last year I saw a motivational Youtube clip for the TCU Baseball team. Then about a month ago, I saw that Nike had used the dialogue from the video to make an ad:

If you can't watch the video or don't want to... here's the dialogue from the video.

Rise and Shine

It’s 6am and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you it’s too early,  too dark and too cold to get out of bed. Aching muscles lie still in rebellion pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move. A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland. But you didn’t ask their opinion. The voice you’ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance. A voice that says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor and don’t look back. Because you’ve got work to do. 

Welcome to the grind.
For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way.
10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, each one promising the path of least resistance. The thing is, you’re headed upstream. And when you make that choice and decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable and safe and what some would call common sense, well, that’s day one. From there it only gets tougher. So just make sure this is something you want. Because the easy way out will always be there. Ready to wash you away. All you have to do is pick up your feet. But you aren’t going to, are you? With each step comes the decision to take another. You’re on your way now, but this is no time to dwell on how far you’ve come. You’re in a fight against an opponent that you can’t see but oh you can feel them on your heels, can’t you? Feel them breathing down your neck. you know what that is? That’s YOU. Your fears, your doubts, and insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky. But don’t lose heart. While they’re not easily defeated, they’re far from invincible.

Remember, this is the grind. The battle royale between you and your mind, your body and the devil on your shoulder just telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you. Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat. Burn away your self doubt with the fire lit beneath you. Remember what you’re fighting for and never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress, she can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake. She is ever searching for the weak place in your armor, that one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for. So, as long as the devil is hiding in the details, the question remains… is that all you got? Are you sure? When the answer is yes. When you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself for battle. Then it’s time to go forth and boldly face your enemy: the enemy within. Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory. You’re a lion in a field of lions all hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says victory is the only thing that can keep you alive. So believe that voice that says you can run a little faster, you can throw a little harder and that for you the laws of physics are merely a suggestion. Luck is the last dying wish of those who wanna believe that winning can happen by accident. Sweat on the otherhand is for those who know it’s a choice. So decide now, because destiny waits for no man. When your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you that you’re not ready for it, listen instead to that lone voice of dissent. The one that says you are ready. You are prepared. It’s all up to you now. So rise and shine.

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Well alrighty, then. As you are gearing down for your next marathon, I'm gearing up for mine. Somehow, this post can apply to both of us. Thanks for sharing this and for hopefully sweeping out the demons in my head before they have a chance to find a home.