Most people totally under estimate the power of one person. One player or coach can create a spark of belief that ignites the hearts of his team and all of sudden a new culture is born. It could be one player who thinks, “enough is enough, we are better than this!” And this one player begins to triple his efforts, leadership and commitment to his team. It doesn’t have to be the QB or even a first string player. Have you ever heard of a player named ‘Rudy?’
However most people complain, point fingers, and whine about the reasons why things aren’t going their way. It might be a losing season, losing a starting spot on the team, academic probation, or just not seeing the game time they feel they deserve. Complaining never improves the situation, in fact, it simply perpetuates it.
If you want to be “The One” on your team be ready for some opposition, finger pointers and haters. When you expose complacency or laziness it can make people uncomfortable or upset. On the other hand, you’ll also find others to go with you. You’ll find other players who want to raise their standard as well. When enough players ‘buy-in’ to the change (this new higher standard of excellence) the tide begins to change and a new culture forms.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
So let me offer you this… what if you tripled your efforts. I mean really, triple as in 3X your efforts. Let’s say starting tomorrow…
• You were 3X as vocal as you usually are.
• You were 3X as inspiring as you usually are.
• You were 3X as committed in practice as you usually are.
• You were 3X more focused on film study of your opponent.
• You were 3X more determined to make a difference on your team.
I don’t need to know anything about your team, your location, your coaches, or how tough your league is to win. All I know is that if you were to triple your efforts and not worry about anyone else or anything else, you would make a profound difference! Do you think I’m crazy? Not sure there is power is one person? Consider this…
• ONE vote gave Rutherford B. Hays the presidency of the United States.
• ONE coach gave the U.S. Hockey team the belief that they could beat the Russians in 1980.
• ONE NFL player (Ray Lewis) in his last year inspired his team to reach and win the Super Bowl.
• ONE vote made Texas a part of the Union.
• ONE woman, Mother Teresa, at the age of 40, decided to change a culture of poverty in India.
I am only one, but still I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do something. That which I can do I will do. And by God’s grace I will do it.