Archive for November, 2010

Winners Always Want the Ball

Posted: November 11, 2010 in General Life
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As I promised in my last post, there is a second line from the movie, The Replacements, I really love.  You can check out the first post here.  The second line is spoken by Gene Hackman’s character, Jimmy McGinty.  As a coach of a bunch of replacement professional football players, his job is to quickly take a group of has-beens and never-was’ and turn them into a real team.  The star player, former OSU quarterback, Shane Falco (played by Keanu Reeves), choked in the big game back in college, and that fear followed him into his new stint as a pro player.  Throughout the movie, his fear keeps him from taking risks.  He is more afraid of failing than he is hopeful to win.  His fear cripples him.

After a crucial play gone wrong, Falco is called over by McGinty.  When asked about the play change, Falco responds with “I read blitz”.  McGinty responds with “Winners always want the ball… when the game is on the line”.  McGinty knows that fear will keep a man down.  He also knows that to overcome that fear, to seek a goal and to push to win is what separates the winners from the losers.  It just boils down to one thing.  Winners want the ball.  Everyone screws up.  Everyone fails.  Everyone looks like an idiot sometimes.  Winners get back up and try again.  They do not let fear keep them from achieving.  They want to win, they want to try again.  Especially when things are tough, and when there is much at stake. Winners always want the ball.

I know in my life, I screw up a lot.  I don’t always make the right decisions.  I sometimes allow a perceived blitz to force me to hand the ball off to someone else.  But I want to succeed.  I want to win.  I can sense my own fear, but I try to use that fear as a force forward, not as a push backward.  I am not afraid to make mistakes, even though I still make them from time to time.

If you can see your own fears, and your reactions to them, you can start to change the patterns in your own life that keep you down.  If you start to notice these patterns, try changing them.  Look at your life and try to learn from mistakes.  Don”t let your past mistakes keep you from trying, and don’t let possible future mistakes keep you from moving.  I know that God is on my side, and I know that when all is said and done, I cannot truly lose.  If you know that He is there for you, what do you have to lose?