The No. 1 Pick.
In every draft, there can only be one 1st Pick. I don’t care if it’s the NFL Draft, the company bowling team, or dodgeball on the playground, most adults and kids want to be the first person picked. The catch, however, is that until it happens you have no idea who it’s going to be! Tomorrow in the NFL Draft 256 picks will be made. Some know they will be in the early rounds, some in the later rounds, but no matter where they get drafted they are training like their name is going to be announced as the “1st Pick in the 2017 NFL Draft”.
In preparing for this post, I read a quote by the late, infamous Green Bay Packer coach, Vince Lombardi. He talked about how it’s imperative you play with your head, but when you’re trying to become the very best “you’ve got to play with you heart, with every fiber of your body.” This idea of head vs. heart isn’t anything groundbreaking, but just take a moment and think about some of the things in your life that have your whole heart…not just a piece, not just when it’s convenient, and not just when it’s cool. Take a moment and think about an athlete, actor, musician or even an individual in your area of interest that is at the top of their game. Day in and day out they are doing the stuff that a lot of other people aren’t. But what allows them to truly push so hard is the love they have for what they do, the love they have for their family, and yeah…some just love the money!
Having seen some of my former teammates workout and prepare for the NFL Draft I know for a fact that a lot of these guys are working their tails off, but if we’re just looking at facts there has to be elements that are separating these players. If you watch the talk shows, or listen to talk radio you hear words like natural ability and talented. While it’s apparent that some individuals are more gifted than others, I think using those terms takes away from how hard these players work at their craft over the course of their lifetime. For my college football fans, you might recall the name JaMarcus Russell (Drafted No. 1 overall). There was no question that dude had more raw-talent and natural ability than a guy named Tom Brady (Drafted 199th overall). But after Tom Brady watched Spergon Wynn become the last quarterback selected before him, he hasn’t stopped working like he’s still trying to be the No. 1 Pick of the 2000 NFL Draft.
No. 1 Pick’s always show up early, they don’t eat the same things as everyone else, they stay late, they go to bed early, they do what they say they’re going to do, and they have a better attitude. I often ask myself what kind of things could I be doing better as a man? As a father? As a friend? As a member of my community? My biggest fear in life…falling short of my potential and doing what everybody else is doing. Now, I have no disrespect for how anyone chooses to life their life, but at the end of the day I know I don’t want to just go through the motions. I don’t want to simply survive using only my head. I want to thrive, pouring my heart in to everything that I do. Whether it’s as a parent, boyfriend, son, coach, blogger, motivational speaker, friend, and the list goes on and on.
There are only 24 hours in a day and a good chunk of that is spent sleeping. Don’t spend close to 16 hours falling short of what you’re capable of! If you want to lose 10 pounds, write an e-Book, finish a half-marathon, start a business, go back to school, volunteer, clean the basement, or simply be a better father, husband, wife, or mother, you have to commit to a different way of thinking. You have to be able to be comfortable being uncomfortable, have a complete understanding of why you are doing it, and go after it with your heart. Ava has yet to buy me one of those #1 Dad t-shirts, but if she did I would take it very seriously because after all, in my head, she’s right!