Coach Ruben & his experience with football:
Perfect Practice makes Perfect. What Do I mean? It’s not enough to go through the motion, or just show up. Work, hanging out with friends, or just working out…You have to show up with intent to make a dent in that big crystal clear longterm goal. You must be willing to accept that there isn’t any express lanes in your journey to success.
I saw one of my all time favorite movies the other day, Friday Night Lights. I love football and I love motivational speeches; this movie has both.
It takes me back to my football days. I remember all of it. From the first time I finally decided that I was going to go all in, tackling the person as hard as I could with no fear in my heart. Then, hearing a man clapping and cheering in the distance. Later realizing it was my father cheering out of pride.
I also remember my last year of football which wasn’t as great. At that point I was going on my 7th year of playing football. Our coach yelled at us for mistakes and humiliated us in front of our peers when we messed up. I let this feeling take my football. I stopped wanting to be great. Don’t get me wrong I loved football then and I love it now. It was a gateway into who I was bound to become. but I stopped giving it my all at that point.
Everyone saw it, especially my coaches. I got injured, lost my starting spot and I never recovered from that. I didn’t want to play no more and so I stopped. I stopped caring, stopped going to practice, and even skipped some days school.
Life after football was ok at first, I had time to hang out with my friends. Spend more time with my girlfriend. It was fun at the time but football was a part of me. For years after high school I would still get together on a regular basis with my old football buddies and play football. Not a year has gone by that I don’t miss a turkey bowl. Which is tradition in south gate if you don’t know. Like I said it’s part of who I am.
No matter how much football I watch, play, or talk about now, I can never shake the feeling of regret I have for letting my self lose the love for the game while I still had the chance to play. I want to cry sometimes thinking that I could have made some beautiful memories that last year. Cry because I decided not to practice perfectly.
That is why I push my self now. I never want to fail like that again. I don’t want to be 50 and wondering why I didn’t try harder. I promise my self to give 100% of my effort to what I want out of each workout, workday, and every day in general…
I challenge you to make a long term goal. One towards your goals in fitness and one in general. Make it as specific as possible even if it’s one sentence. I want to hear what you want and how bad you want it. Seeing it on paper will make it that much more real in your mind.