Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Accountability Ripple

“Exhausted on the field of battle – victorious”

When trying to find a way to explain my thoughts to share, I kept coming back to quotes of a great leader in history. Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame coach for the Green Bay Packers knew what he was talking about. Packers fan or not, his thoughts can be used on the field and in life.   I only thought it appropriate to chat with you about the meaning I take from a few of them and pass it on.  I ask you to see the analogies and metaphors between sport and your every day life.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

It seems simple, everyone gives what they can, and you will succeed as a team. In sports, everyone has to be into it for the team to be successful. Each individual has to do what they can, play their role, and give it everything they have. Technically speaking, you can only account for yourself, and make sure you are doing what you can to commit to the team. What about others around you? Maybe someone isn’t giving it their all, what can you do? I suggest being a teammate, a friend. You can only do so much, but you never know what may help another person.  The boost you can give another person might change their attitude and outlook, which in turn creates a ripple. Whether you are on the field or in life, always remember that you can take care of yourself, but if you lend a hand to another, they will be there to help you when you are down. If everyone on your team has a sense of place and knows they are important, they are going to be more willing to give everything they have. Help to maximize the effort that each individual can give and you will see results.

Once you have accomplished commitment to the group effort, think about this:

“….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”

Your team, coaches, professors, parents, and alumni are all here to help you where we can so that when you are at the end of your battle (sports, college, every day, etc), you can look back and consider yourself victorious.

Adam “Lougan” Tlougan
Luther ‘06

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