So today was pretty interesting. My oldest son called me and said he saw something that really touched him. Almost to the point of tears. THAT alone had me wondering what was going on! He’s not the type to show emotion, or at least not to me anyway. That is an unfortunate subconscious male curse handed down from my father’s side of the family. So when he told me it was a movie that was showing on Netflix, I immediately went and looked for the title. I had heard of the man from the seminars and events that everyone described as “life changing” but I usually just dismissed their “praise” of the guy and the events as “hokey”. But now, here is my own blood, saying to me, “Pop, you’ve gotta check this out! It had me choked up like a little girl!” So I had to!
The man’s name is Tony Robbins, and the movie / documentary is ‘I Am Not Your Guru’.
As I watched, I sat in amazement the way Tony Robbins handled each person’s issue and each person’s trauma and they all had a “break through” and walked out of there feeling like the weight of the world had been lifted off of their shoulders. I could relate to so much of what had happened in almost every situation of everyone’s lives that was shared in the movie. It blew me away! I personally have gone through some really tough and traumatizing experiences and I didn’t know how much they have ultimately affected my relationships and the way I handle situations. I just bottled up / closed up and “kept it moving”. Like men are supposed to do.
In the movie, Tony talked about a speech that he felt was the starting point for his change in his life. I went and found that speech. Hopefully this can spark the change. Just knowing that I’m not the only one that has gone through some of the things I’ve been through is giving me hope. I also realize that I have lost a bit of that competitive edge and determination in certain aspects of my life.
THAT is GOING to change!
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.
Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.
Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.
It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.
And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.
I don’t say these things because I believe in the “brute” nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
– Vince Lombardi