We have seen the enemy…
Do you ever get tired of going through the motions?
You know what I mean. In a bit of passive aggression, we give less than our best because our heart is just not in the activity. We do what we have to and no more. Can you think of times when you’ve done this? (Be honest!)
Well, I’ve done it and I’ll probably do it again, but I’d like to confess that I hate it. The struggle isn’t in the project or the work, but in my heart. Why would I do a good job at something I like and a poor job at something I don’t like? You might say that’s only human nature.
Beginning today, let’s be more careful when making commitments. Let’s be people who honor our commitments with our best effort. Every commitment. Therefore, we must be more careful what we commit to because when we’re committed, we’re “all in.”
Being “all in” as is commonly stated in Texas Hold ’em means that if we lose, we lose everything. There is no plan B. Often the difference between victory and defeat, success and failure is the pure will and commitment of the champion. Many a weaker team has overtaken a stronger one on nothing more than heart and extra effort.
Nothing To Lose
Do you remember the movie The Replacements with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman? The story is about the replacement players who got an opportunity to play professional football because the real pros went on strike.
One of my favorite lines in the movie takes place at halftime in the final game. Coach Jimmy McGinty played by Gene Hackman, tells the team just what they need to hear to make a miraculous comeback:
Up until now Dallas hasn’t been afraid of you, and they should be because you have a powerful weapon working for you. There is no tomorrow for you, and that makes you all very dangerous people!
Sure, The Replacements is fiction. But we all love it when the underdog pulls off the big upset. We’re all underdogs in one way or another. Who would think that one person can make a difference? You’re only one person, what can you do?
Remember, there is no one more dangerous than someone with nothing to lose. Decide today that you’re going to make a positive difference in your world no matter what the cost. The strength of your commitment becomes the fuel for your launch.
And don’t invest any more than is absolutely necessary in plan B. Forget plan B. Consider plan B as a failure of plan A. Failure isn’t necessarily bad; we all fail at times. But failure becomes inevitable the moment you plan for it.
Our previous post we introduced the idea of being at war with apathy.