Have you ever been an underdog. Where the chips were stacked against you. Every where you turned no one gave a chance. When close friends wished you good luck but secretly under their breaths said, ‘Glad I’m not him/her.’
Did this make you fold your tent and head home so to speak or did you hold the intention inside of – ‘Screw you pal, I’m going to show you what I’m made of.’
Today my former college, BGSU, plays the number 1 FB team in the country, Ohio State. Though most have written this game off as a ‘W’ for the bucks before the game every starts, I’ll take the under dog 10 times out of 10 no matter what the circumstances.
If ten times they get their butts whopped – the 11 time I’ll still say, ‘Stick it to ‘em.’
In 1992, my team played Ohio State as well. The entire summer our coach shared a power phrase, ‘Respect ALL, Fear None.’ Being the entrepreneur that I was, I created t-shirts of the big game and sold it to players, coaches, and family members at one team picnic.
It was my 2nd season as a sophomore starting at middle linebacker. To say the
least I was a bit anxious. This was the team I grew up wathcing on tv. Our coach at the time just came from OSU and to get us prepared he hung a picture of the horse shoe on our team wall the previous week. Like a general leading the troops into battle he did an incredible job of painting the picture of how it would be like going to play in front of 100 of thousands of people.
‘Men, we’re going into a hornets nest. You’ll hear me say things this week to the press I dont want you to listen to. I’m gonna talk about how tough its going to be. How challenging. How we’ll be lucky to get a couple first downs,’ Blackney commanded.
‘But this is not what I’m really thinking,’ he said. ‘Men it all boils down to one word, BELIEVE. What your mind can believe, your body can achieve. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your teammates. Believe in the game plan the coaches put
together for you’ his voice boomed.
‘These boys are no different than you. I’ve coached there before. They put there
pants on one leg at a time just like you.’
That day thee stadium was packed with 94,000 screaming fans (at the time the most fans ever in the Shoe). On the field, collectively the fans sounded as if they were
3 inches from your ear screaming at the top of their lungs. So our focus and concentration had to be sharp. We went out that game and played our butts off.
Our defense played great holding them to 245 yards TOTAL offense. That game our defense took flashy pretty boy, Kirk Herbstreit, out of the game.
Our quarterback threw – not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, but 6 – interceptions. Given this, we lost by a couple of touchdowns.
However, it was a great lesson in driving through fear to face adversity head on.
One way to overcome fear is to inject power thoughts, like BELIEVE, into your workouts. Simply toy around with the notion that anything that can be believed by the
mind can be achieved by the body.
Doing this will strengthen the mental muscle as well as the physical muscles. By the end of the workout you’ll be more apt to handle whatever life throws at you.
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