There are a lot of people I run into every day who have simply taken themselves out of the game. I bet you run into them, too.
I’m talking about the people who have simply stopped giving it their all. I’m talking about the people who have stopped playing to win. I’m talking about the people who are so far gone that they’ve forgotten they were ever on the team in the first place.
I don’t get it. I heard there’s a recession, I chose not to participate. I’m in to win, EVERYDAY.
Each and every one of us is somewhere in the middle of our own game. That game might be playing out at work. It might be playing out somewhere else in your life. But there is a game being played somewhere. And in the world I live in, that means that there are winners and there are losers.
Why in the world would we choose to sit on the sidelines during the biggest game of all — our own life?
Al Pacino’s character, Coach Tony D’Amato, makes a great speech in the movie Any Given Sunday. He tells his players that life, like football, is a game of inches. He says that a single inch can make the difference between winning or losing … and between living or dying. If you want to succeed, he argues, you have to be ready to fight for every inch, and keep fighting. You have to stop taking things for granted. You have to remember who is really in control: you. You have keep fighting, keep clawing, and keep yourself in the game … even when the odds are against you. The speech concludes with these words, which I think are worth posting in our workspace and reading out loud at least once a day:
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in every break of the game, every minute, every second.
In any fight, it is the guy who is willing to die who is going to win that inch.
And I know if I am going to have any life anymore, it is because I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch.
Because that is what living is: the six inches in front of your face.
We can make excuses, we can complain that times or still too tough … or we can put ourselves back in the game and fight for the inches that are right in front of us. At the end of the day, we need to ask ourselves: What are we actually willing to do for that next inch? Are we willing to fight for it…to sacrifice for it? Are we willing to put up the struggle that is always necessary to put ourselves back into the game of life?
YouTube – Al Pacino’s Inspirational Speech