Question for you… “Are You As Tough As A Hockey Player?” I hope you are. In my humble opinion I think hockey players are some of the toughest, and nastiest damn sports players on the planet, and can play through some freakin’ incredible pain.
The Definition of What It Means To Be a Hockey Player
In hockey, you can get your teeth whacked out of your mouth from an opposing player whose no different than an enemy combatant with a high sticking call. The injured hockey player will not run off the ice and seek immediate medical attention, but he’ll stop, get down on his hands and knees and scoop his chiclets (teeth) up off the ice, put them back in his mouth and stay in the game. Hockey players don’t let down their teammates with superficial injuries.
Just the other night, I was watching Game 3 of the Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins when Gregory Campbell, the center on the Boston Bruins, threw his right leg in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin’s slap shot on a successful Bruins’ penalty kill in the second period, but then Gregory stood up on his broken fibula.
Greg Campbell Attempting To Stand On His Broken Fibula.
At this point Pittsburgh still had the puck and more than 45 infinitely long seconds left on their power play. Campbell didn’t give up or head to the bench. Instead he fought to break up each pass that went his way. He attempted to block more shots that were near. It was around the 13:00 mark, when the penalty was killed and Campbell finally headed off the ice. As he skated on one leg to the bench, the crowd at TD Garden chanted his name in CAMPBELL – CAMPBELL – CAMPBELL – CAMPBELL.
Gregory Campbell is a Warrior… He showed all that and more in Friday night’s second period.
What Are You Doing To Inspire Your Team?
“It was incredible to see. Very inspiring,” Brad Marchand said after the Bruins’ 2-1 double overtime win over the Penguins. “It just made us want to dig down that much more to win the game for him. A lot of guys would have just laid on the ice, and raised the international know “White Flag” of surrender.
The fact that he got up and continued playing and he only had one leg, he still tried to get in the lane to cut off and block shots, it was incredible to see. He deserved the Campbell chant that he was getting right after that shift. We were very happy that we were able to win for him.”
Another Bruins was asked by a professional inquisitors of the press…. “Would most guys have stayed down?” Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said yesterday, repeating the inquisitor’s question. “I don’t know. Not our guys.”
What are you doing when the chips are down and not stacked in your favor? Do you run to the bench and hope & pray for a substitute to come and take your place to let you off the proverbial hook?
Or are you a team leader that demonstrates resolve, fortitude, brass-balls, ice-water running through your veins, and win at all cost when the shit is hitting the fan?
I Know This To Be Gospel-Truth About Fear & Courage
Your character is defined by how you react at the precipice of defeat. character is developed when you’re picking your teeth up off the ice, and then putting them back into your mouth.
People like to think that heroes like that exist only in the movies. And real-honest-to-goodness COURAGE exists within you if you draw upon it. Normal everyday human beings — experience some form of fear. We all have fears, and you’re a friggin’ liar if say you’re not fearful.
This holds true even in extreme conditions, like on a battlefield. If you talk to soldiers who’ve won medals for courage under fire — rather than confident, aggressive Rambo types — they turn out to be humble and more embarrassed than proud of what they did. They say they don’t know where their courage came from and they’re not at all sure they’d act the same way again.
Courage is the battle of life
Fortunately, the courage you need is a lot less extreme than is called for in combat or playing professional hockey. On the other hand, if we’re serious about changing our lives, we need it much more consistently. The first step is to define it in a practical, human way: Courage is the ability to act in the face of fear. My Dad always said, “Courage is the battle of life.”
All successful security entrepreneurs know that the courage muscle has to be exercised on a daily basis…sometimes on a minute-to-minute basis. If you don’t use your courage muscle, you’ll lose your courage muscle.
The world wonders when it sees a person who can unexpectedly draw large sums of courage and can scrape their teeth up off the ice, and throw them back in your mouth, or get up on their broken leg and keep skating.
What the world does not see is that human being’s “courage muscle” which is huge, and constantly being flexed. No one cheers on a loser…But the world loves seeing a human being that is down on his luck and doing everything within himself to get back up and make it happen!
Original Six Showdown
Bring it on!!! First original six series Stanley Cup between Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks since 1979. This Wednesday Night in Chi-Town.
Have an ESP (Easy, Successful, and Profitable) week!
Over and Out,