Coaching – Don’t Quit On Me
There is a scene in a movie called “Facing the Giants” where the coach of a small high school has to inspire a team that hasn’t performed well and is used to failure. When the quarterback of the team indicates he doesn’t think they can win Friday’s game the coach pulls him aside for one of the most inspiring moments in the film. “Don’t you quit on me, Brock,” he commands the quarterback who is blindfolded and made to crawl on the football field with another player on his back. “Don’t you quit.” Foot by agonizing foot Brock moves across the football field thinking he was only going 20 yards. In the end the player collapses in the end zone.
His fellow teammates stand in awe of the punishment it took to reach a goal Brock never would have believed possible. The coach gets down to Brock’s level and says, “I need you. This team needs you, Brock. If you quit then we all give up.” It is in that moment that the mentality of the team changes and success soon follows.
Many of us have the tendency to quit when things get tough. There is a lady I am aware of that has started nearly 30 different food service businesses. She is a great cook and has a husband who is willing to renovate any business she wants to try, but when the novelty of her new business subsides she wants to close shop. The following poem by an unknown writer expresses the need to stay strong in your pursuits in life. When things go wrong As they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit. Rest if you must -- but don't you quit. Life is strange with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won if he'd stuck it out. Don't give up, though the pace seems slow You may succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than It seems to a faint and faltering man; Often the struggler has given up When he might have captured the victor's cup, And he learned too late, when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems afar, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things go wrong That you mustn't quit.
Maybe you feel as if you are being asked to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders while crawling across a proverbial football field. Hopefully you have a coach in your life that says, “We need you. Don’t quit on us.” I don’t believe you’ve yet seen what you are able to accomplish – keep pressing on.