This goes with my moxie post. The ability to believe in yourself…the ability to put your ego away and use the positive effects of confidence and the final piece…when the opportunity comes seizing it. I want to tell you a pretty interesting story today which I think will convey exactly what I am talking about.
When I was pitching in highschool, we had one of the first and biggest games of the year in front of us and I was sitting alone in the locker room just visualizing the game and thinking through the batters. My pitching coach came in and said “How are you feeling.” I said I was a little bit nervous. He asked my why and I just said “I don’t know, I guess I’m just a little bit nervous.” He asked my why I was nervous again…and at this point he was ticking me off a bit because I was already on edge and I said ” I don’t know, I just need to be alone” …you know, in that high schooler way of saying things. He then proceeded to get right up in my face and say “You have no reason to be nervous! If you are nervous, that means you haven’t prepared hard enough. It means that you know you have a weak spot that is going to be exploited when you get on the mound. This moment, this game is the reward. It is everything that you have been preparing for and putting the hours on the field for and in the gym weight room. Get it out of your head!”
He was right…and from that point on…my senior season was spent by my stepping on the mound with confidence, with passion, and throwing fire. But I will never forget that lesson. There is no reason to be nervous if you have given it everything you have. If it doesn’t happen, it wasn’t mean to be because the Gods didn’t want it that way…not because you weren’t prepared. We often get nervous because we know we didn’t do something to prepare or to be the best we possibly could. I chose not to live my life this way. I choose every day to give it everything I have…whether that means hours of reading or hours in the gym and dragging myself out because I can barely move.
Eminem’s song is about this…about not giving up no matter what. About giving it your best shot and seizing the moment. I have a moment that I am going to seize today…and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it.