Baltimore Ravens' Suggs waits on the field after the half the lights went out in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans

It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

In this life, you really only have two options. To be on the field or in the stands. To be hungry to play the game or to be the person watching the other people failing and succeeding. That is really it. When you are on the field , you cannot constantly be looking at the stands…you have to be looking at the goal…and go out and get it. If you focus on things besides the goal, you will end up getting steam rolled by the biggest running back you’ve ever tried to tackle, your negative emotions. But if you meet that RB with your best, you will run him right over and continue striving for your self-made greatness.

When I am sitting at my desk…I mentally think of myself as Ray Lewis, one of the best linebackers the NFL has ever seen. Of course he is talented, but he makes it first to the ball over and over again because of one thing: effort. He will steam roll offensive linemen, tear down QB’s, and truck running backs because of his steam engine drive. So when I am on the field mentally, I am unstoppable. I cannot be conquered. Negative emotions and feelings are simply something to brush off. “Oh that’s interesting…now move on.” Focus. Focus. Focus. Plan accordingly. Implement. Action.

So who are you? Are you going to be controlled…or are you going to make life react to you? Your choice. Make it.

Evan Sanders

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