Day (419) – Ray Lewis Taught Me How To Tackle…Life

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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    March 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve known my choice for 10 yrs now. It is not easy nor has that choice been always clear but I am not one to be another person in the crowd

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    March 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Love the quote by Theodore Roosevelt.

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    Douglas E
    March 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    The only thing that I see wrong with the Ray Lewis analogy and similar messages as given by the Ali photo in your gallery is that for each of these “winners” there is a loser. It is a zero-sum outcome. Yes, we must be in the arena of life and not in the stands but perhaps no so much as a warrior but as a joyful particpant. “I asked that I might be given all things that I might enjoy life, but, I was given life that I might enjoy all things.” Anon. -paz-

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      March 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Interesting perspective, and from the angle you are coming from, you are totally right. The angle I am coming from is not against someone else, it is against other things. The only losers are the ones that sit in the stands of life. The winners are those on the field playing in the game driving till empty. Lastly, not everything is joyful…sometimes you do have to put the war-paint on. Great comment thank you.

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    March 6, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I was just looking at my Reader’s Section, and i came across to this amazing post. Thank you so much for posting this. This year im sitting for this extremelyyyyyyyyy major exams. this did motivated me! Inspired me too! Could you do more posts like this? It would be great!(:

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    Evelyn Moore
    March 6, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Thanks! I needed that today. I need to make your blog a daily morning read.

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    Joan Y. Edwards
    March 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Dear Evan,
    Thanks for the reminder to truly choose to live, not just to exist.

    Celebrate your wisdom.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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    Chris Goodrow
    March 8, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Great post! Perfect way for me to start a Friday!

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    March 31, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I love your Ray Lewis analogy. It’s great to read, easy to picture and true to life. I personally think there are no losers on the field, if you made it to the field you have already won. You may lose to another team but the things you earned just by getting on the field far exceed that.

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