Every morning I like to try to get in at least 30 minutes of self-development or some type of motivation to pump me up for the day. It gets me in a mode to want to dominate my daily tasks and stay on track for a productive day. One of my favorite clips to watch is Al Pacino’s speech from the movie Any Given Sunday. If a good chuck of your life was revolved around participating in sports (or still is), you’ll seriously get some chills by watching this clip. Even if you never played a day of sports in your life there is some tremendous value in the overall message. I find the message applies to not just sports but life in general including for what gets you up in the morning.
Here are some of my brief takeaways of the clip, feel free to insert how they may apply to you:
Hours of Hard Work Traded for Minutes of a Defining Moment
“Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today.”
Within any type of venture or pursuit there comes a time where you meet a defining moment. It’s the moment that makes you or breaks you. To get to that moment you exchange hours of preparation to be ready for anything that is thrown your way. For some it may be a product launch, important milestone, or even the process of closing a big deal with a client that will forever change your life. Whatever it is it all comes down to a brief moment – the outcome will be based how well you prepared when nobody was looking.
Life is a Game of Inches
“Inch by inch, play by play, till we’re finished.”
Its amazing how true this is – I always focus on taking one day at a time. Some days can be overwhelming as I tend to over-analyze but I work to keep my head on straight and focus on the present moment.
Nobody Can Do it for You
“If I am going to have any life anymore it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch because that is what LIVING is.”
When it comes down to it nobody can do it for you, you really need to understand why you do what you do. This is what helps you to keep going on with your pursuit and to continue to make moves. This quote also reminds me of competition, the person that is going to win is the person that is willing to fight and die to go that extra mile.
What takeaways did you get from this clip? Lets hear them in the comment section below.
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