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The Thrill of Victory

Here’s what I think…

If people were as passionate about their lives and their own success as they are their favorite sports teams, we could not only change the world, but we could transform it into something totally amazing.

Passion is a very powerful thing.

Now, I’ll confess something to you; I’m an absolute sports fanatic.  I love sports.  I love football, basketball, baseball, and hockey.  College and pro.  I love mixed martial arts, boxing, and even tennis.  I enjoy watching my favorite teams or players in action, live or on TV, and for many years I have found inspiration, learned wonderful life lessons and experienced plenty of joy as a result of this healthy addiction.

Then one day it occurred to me…what if that passion and that emotion were directed toward my own ability and talent?  What if I could become a fan of my life and start believing that I could become as extraordinary as the people and teams I cheer for?  Hmmmmm.

Look, I’m a sports nut…but I know I’m not the only one!  Thousands of people feel and act the same way.  Hundreds of thousands.  Okay, millions.  And maybe you’re one of them.

If you are, I don’t think you should change anything about that.  Unless, of course it’s having a negative affect on you.  I mean, if you’re throwing remote controls across the living room and putting holes in your walls because of a bad break on Monday Night Football, then yes, you should probably slow your roll.  Or if you’re relating your self-worth to whether or not your favorite team falls into the top 25 rankings, chill out for sure.  However, if this does not sound like you…then by all means, keep the fire burning!

When I think of some of my favorite sports moments through the years, I realize that they have also been extremely inspiring and uplifting.  Watching footage of the 1980 U.S. hockey team, for example, and their amazing victory over the Soviets in Lake Placid, and hearing Al Michaels legendary call, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” still send shivers down my spine and fills my heart with a belief in the magical and amazing.

When I remember Kirk Gibson hobbling out of the clubhouse on two bad legs to hit a bottom of the 9th, two out, two-run walk off homer for the Dodgers in game one of the 1988 World Series, it gives me chills and inspires me to believe that I can do anything I want, if I will pursue it with all my heart and mind.

Sports does that for me.  And if you’re still reading this, it probably does it for you, too.

So, here’s what I came up with…

It’s okay for me and for you and for anybody else to be totally passionate and into our sports.  Only now, consider what we can accomplish if we take that same attitude and emotion and apply it to our real lives, too!  Pretty great thought, right?

Like I said, I’m a fan, and I love to watch games.  My wife and I love to have people over to our home, host parties, and cheer for our favorite teams.  I dig getting to go to live sporting events and being part of the excitement of the moment.  It’s totally fun!  I also blog about sports, and love to get out and play basketball or football with the kids.

I now strive to devote that same level of intensity to my real life.  To the achievement of my goals.  To my overall pursuit of success.

And you know what?  It works!

I want to suggest to you, if you can relate to anything I’m talking about…that you do the same thing.

Don’t lose your passion for sports (like you could anyway); I think it’s awesome to feel great and proud of your favorite teams.  Whether you’re standing in the living room, cheering with your friends and neighbors or you’re packed into a stadium filled with painted, screaming  people, it’s a phenomenal experience!  And to be honest, I think it’s pretty dang cool to be able to get that excited about anything.  Not just because I’m getting older, either.

Now get that excited about YOU.  Become a fan of your unique abilities and talents.

You can literally accomplish anything you want in your life if you’ll put the same kind of emotion and energy you spend on your favorite team into yourself, your decisions, your actions, and the way you relate with the people around you.

Become the Olympic-class version of whatever it is you truly want to be.  Picture yourself as the world champion in your chosen trade, profession or business.  You can do it.  And you can live each day as if it were part of the greatest season you’ve ever experienced.  The season of your life.  Become the most amazing version of yourself that you possibly can.  It’s there for the taking.

Do I believe in miracles?  Yes.

And so should you.

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2 Responses to “The Thrill of Victory”

  1. avatar Jeff Wise says:

    Great post Mike! I love reading your posts and tweets because it helps keep me motivated to continue pursuing my dreams and goals.

  2. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Thanks Jeff, I appreciate the comments.

    Habitual Victory is here for that exact reason. I’m thrilled to hear that it is making a difference.

    All the best

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