“You know what it’s like when you don’t have your swing? It’s like losing your wallet, and every room you go in, you’re looking for it. But there’s a certain point, where you’ve gotta go throughout your day without your wallet, and you’ve gotta perform.” – Mark Trumbo
Ken Ravizza, who works as a Sport Psychology Consultant for Cal State Fullerton and the Anaheim Angels, relayed this quote to the ABCA coaches on Friday from a conversation that he had with Mark Trumbo (now with the Arizona Diamondbacks) one day.
We all have those days where we would rather stay in bed and not face the world. This morning could have in fact been one of those days for many people that I know. Why?
1. It was a Monday.
2. It was really cold outside.
3. The Buckeyes lost in the Orange Bowl on Friday.
4. The Bengals lost another playoff game yesterday.
5. You could have been sick, tired, or had a stack of work piled on your desk.
6. (Insert your own personal reason here.)
But, here is the deal. Someone is counting on you. Someone is expecting you to perform. Someone wants you at your best.
Your best does not mean 100%. Your best means 100% of what you have. If that number is 45%, 50%, 80%, etc., then give 100% of that number. Every day!
So, it may have been Monday, but that is a chance to start the week off with some positive momentum. It may be super cold outside, but at least you are alive to feel it. Your teams may have lost this weekend, but we need to keep things in perspective and remember that it is in fact only a game. (If worrying about your sports team winning and losing is the least of your issues, then you, in fact, probably have a really great life. Others are not that fortunate. Besides, and this is coming from a sports guy, winning isn’t everything.)
We all want to feel needed and important. Well, the truth of the matter is that people need you. The world needs you. But, we need you at your best. We need you filling this world with positive energy. We need you to perform. We need 100% of what you have.
My challenge to you today is this: Stop with the excuses. Stop with the feeling sorry for yourself. Get after it, put your nose to the grind, and perform. With 100% of what you have to give, compete.
Ken Ravizza said that he asks the players he works with all the time one simple question. So, I will propose that to you:
Are we really that bad at our jobs or our craft that we have to feel perfect in order to perform?
I would venture to guess none of us are.
Give 100%. Have a good bad day.
Bring your best today!