I recently read an article in Sports Illustrated about Tony Gonzalez and his final game in the NFL. While his final season did not turn out the way he would have liked, it was amazing to read his take on his curtain call. I would encourage you to read Peter King’s full story, but this part of the interview blew me away: “My routine hasn’t changed at all. I still catch my 100 balls a day. First of all, that’s what I think has made me the player I am. But then I want the young guys to see it.”
100 catches every day. This guy is an NFL superstar who knows his position inside and out and he still goes out and catches 100 balls a day, in addition to team practice. He continues saying that he wants the younger players to see what it takes to be at his level.
This got me thinking about what I do everyday to make myself a better personal trainer, dad, and husband. What do I do, day in and day out, to be better? Many people I have told about this have brushed it aside by saying, “If I was paid millions of dollars to catch a ball I would do that every day too.” I then ask them, what if there was something you could do every day that would lead to you being paid millions of dollars a year to do your job, would you then do it?
So here’s my question to you and me as we enter 2014: what can we do every day to make ourselves better? Currently, I do 55 push ups and read a chapter in Proverbs before morning coffee. My goal is to do 100 push ups and a chapter before breakfast every day and grow from there.
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” -Jim Collins