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Week One

24 hours ago football fans everywhere were waking up to a sunrise that was that much more beautiful. We stepped out of bed, showered, threw on our favorite jersey, gathered with friends, and prepared to watch our favorite team step onto the field for the first time of the year.

Week one is a beautiful time for football fans and football players everywhere. Despite all of the off-season talk, despite who is ‘supposed’ to win and lose, every fan everywhere possesses one thing…Hope.

We’re hopeful that the pundits and critics are wrong, that this year is “our” year, that our team has the ability to surprise everyone and win it all.

It illustrates a greater point that goes beyond football, or sports in general.

Nothing matters until you actually get out there and play the game.

All the talk, all the doubt and questioning – it means absolutely nothing. The only thing that matters is how you perform.

Every day should be lived like week one of the season. Every day is the moment before you run out of the tunnel and take the field to play the game. With the mentality that you can succeed, regardless of the circumstances and adversity stacked against you.

It may fit into the category of ‘easier said than done’ but honestly, the easiest thing is to just go out there and, metaphorically speaking, ‘play the game’.

What’s ahead of you today? It’s week one, hopes are high, go get the “W”…

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  1. Good thoughts. I know your partial to the Titans! Guess they played well enough to win!!

    I think it’s true to often I don’t focus on what really has to be done in a day or week and let “nature” take it’s course…. not a good choice.

    If we would approach our work like we were headed out of that tunnel with extreme focus in mind, I know we would accomplish much more!

  2. What’s the game that needs to be played?

    For the next 6 months, I’m focusing on my execution and work habits. I’m cutting out the non-essentials and have finally made the commitment to develop the laser-like focus that I know I’m capable of.

    The only way to do that is to play the ‘game’ that way for as long as it takes to make that a habit. My execution needs to improve, so I’ll just focus on executing more often.

  3. Sounds good Brett – I think defining your current ‘game’ is sometimes the hardest part – but once you define your goal, focus is key and the end result is that much easier to achieve. Cheers!

  4. Sports fans – true sports fans – are amongst the most loyal, optimistic and hopeful folks around. Imagine if your business was built around fanaticism…

    Great perspective as always, sir.

  5. Oh man this is my favorite time of year. Sunday morning was better than Christmas.

    Game time is all that matters, you’re absolutely right, and some part of me knows that but I forget often. Thanks for the reminder Matt, tomorrow morning I will jog out the front foyer of my apartment like I’m running out of the tunnel, ready to thrash the Patriots.