To reach your potential on and off the field, you have to look at your life and understand the factors that influence you. Then, you have to make the most of what you’re given.

We have all been given different parents, pains, problems, and potential, but your success will all be determined by what you do with those factors. 

It’s like a game of five-card stud poker: You don’t get to mix your cards. You don’t get to choose your cards. You have to play the hand you’re dealt.

One of the factors that makes you unique is your DNA. Some of you born with a high tolerance to pain, or weak bones, or tight muscles, or a predisposition to heart disease. Some of you have low levels of oxytocin, and others of you are gifted with lots of fast twitch muscle which makes you naturally speedy.

There is nothing wrong or right, bad or good, about the way you are naturally wired.

There is nothing wrong or right, bad or good, about the way you are naturally wired. It is what it is, and there are plenty of NFL athletes with your same makeup. The question you have to answer is, “What am I going to do with the body I was born with?”

No flaw is wrong or shameful — it’s simply the way you are wired! I bought a pair of distressed jeans once that had a tag that read: “These jeans have intentional flaws in order to make them unique.” Your “genes” are the same way: They have flaws that make you unique. Those flaws are part of your custom design!  Get yourself amped about your unique design rather than comparing yourself to others and feeling inadequate.

The question is this: “What will you do with the hand you’re dealt?” It’s time to get your ‘game on’ and make the best of what you are!


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