Monday, October 29, 2012

Finish Strong: Thoughts of an Armchair Quarterback

I am a huge football fan.  I love the sport because of the physical strength of the players, the endless stats that can be derived from the games (yes I am a nerd like that), and the mental toughness that it takes to show up at every game no matter what.  Since my team (the Eagles) are doing particularly poorly this season I have decided to take an interest in random players on random teams.  And I am getting caught up in all of the drama that goes with the NFL.  Does Peyon Manning still have it?  How far does "Bounty-Gate" really go?  Are the Redskins going to protect their exceptional, record-breaking quarterback?  These distractions take the sting out of a cocky, overly-talented, bunch of individuals who can't seems to string together 60 minutes of teamwork to win decisively this season.  But about finishing strong....

I turned to the middle of fourth quarter of the Saints/Broncos game Sunday and I was pretty conflicted because these are two quarterbacks that I currently cheer for.  The score was 7 to 24, Broncos up.  The Saints were in possession of the ball and Drew Brees was cool, calm and in control.  He was trying his best to set up plays to put points on the board even though it was clear they were not going to come back and win this game.  He showed so much strength under pressure, going through the fundamentals and just plugging away at the plays and the steps he had practiced for countless hours.  Even in a losing battle he showed himself strong.  He had the resolve of a champion; he was very much in the game.  My takeaway: you may not win them all but don't let that reduce you to subpar performance.  Finish strong.

The journey of life is filled with many twists, turns, and opportunities.  You will not be victorious in every little battle, but you have the overall victory in life if you keep focus.  Don't let the small foxes take you out of the big game.  You belong here! You were created for a specific purpose.  Drew Brees was playing that losing game like the Super Bowl champion that he is.  You have a champion inside you! Finish strong!

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