Â â€œIf youâ€™re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, heâ€™s never going to come off the field second.â€
â€œTeams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.â€
â€œMental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. Itâ€™s a state of mind â€“ you could call it â€˜character in action.â€™â€
â€œMental toughness is essential to success.â€
I love Vince Lombardi.Â Okay, Iâ€™m a guy, Iâ€™m into football.Â But that aside, if you really look at his words, he speaks to timeless principles of discipline and sacrifice.Â Itâ€™s not about winning a game but winning at life.Â Theodore Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw and others all spoke of, â€œspending yourselfâ€ and leaving nothing behind.Â Â Itâ€™s not about having scored more points, itâ€™s life, who really cares about points â€“ It is about knowing, inside, that you gave your best shot.Â Sometimes, itâ€™s good enough, sometimes not; but as Teddy Roosevelt said, â€œIf he fails, at least fails while daring greatlyâ€¦â€Â
Easier said than done.Â Unemployed, bills mounting, fighting with spouse, it is tough.Â I get that.Â But just maybe, these are the times, you need someone like Vince Lombardi to tell you that you must be â€œmental tough.â€Â Now more than ever, this time, this is when you must be â€œmentally tough.â€Â Otherwise, life rolls over you and your life becomes a train wreck.
So, does your life become a train wreck?Â The choice is yours.Â Be mentally tough.Â Refuse to give in.Â Character in action.Â Whatâ€™s your character made of?
Understand this, and understand this well, this too shall pass.Â All your struggles, all this too shall pass.Â Be mentally tough.
And if it doesnâ€™t pass, remember M. Scott Peckâ€™s words, â€œLife is difficult.â€Â It is meant to be difficult.Â So, no more woe is me, why do I have it so hard, etc., be mentally tough.Â Resolve to dig yourself out, reach out to those who can help, network, plan, make 30-60-90 day plan, move step by step and regain control of your life.
PS â€“ yes, this means more Vince Lombardi quotes are in the pipeline!