Find A Way!

A lesson from Find A Way by Merril Hoge

One of the things I loved about my brief stint playing for the Bears was having the head trainer, Fred Caito, tell me Walter Payton stories while he was taping me before practice.  One morning, I hopped on the training table and said, “Okay, Fred, fire away.”

A teammate named Maurice “Mo” Douglas then piped in.

“I got one for you,” he said.  And he told this story: “I was just like you,” he began.  “I loved Payton and wanted to be just like him.  So when the Bears drafted me, I wanted to meet him right away and when I did, the first thing I asked is if I could train with him.

“Walter said, ‘Sure,’ so we set a date and a time and I showed up early, I was so excited.  Payton then pulled up in his red Ferrari and stepped out wearing his Roos sweatband with matching sweats and wristbands.  He looked sweet.  The first thing we did was warm up, and then we walked over to the famous hill he trained on.  He explained the goal was to run up the hill as fast as you could and then rest on your walk back down.  So we exploded up the hill.  My heart was beating out of my chest as we reached the top.  I could barely breathe.  I looked over at Payton and he was breathing with ease, like he’d never taken a step.

“On the way back down I caught my breath and asked him how many we were going to do.  Payton looked over and said, ‘Ten.’

“As soon as we reached the bottom, we turned around and headed back up.  I got halfway up the hill and turned around, walked back down, puked, and then got in my car and went home.”

When Mo finished telling his story he said something I never forgot.

“The difference between Walter and me,” he confessed, “was that he wanted it more than me.”

Every day you are faced with challenges that test how much you really want to achieve the things you are working towards.  How hard are you really working towards these things?  Are you willing to outwork the guy next to you?  Do you want it more than anyone else?  If you don’t, then stop wondering why you haven’t achieved your dreams.  If you do, then stay focused.  Great will is worth more than smarts and skill.  Change and adversity will become your greatest teachers.  And remember, victory is never the absence of failure – it is the will to be the last one standing.

The path to your dreams will not always be a straight line.  There will be times when you think you don’t have the strength to go on.  There will be times when you want to give up.  There will be times when you don’t want to run another hill sprint.  When this happens, remind yourself of how bad you really want it and remember these three words: find a way.

Happy Wednesday!


1 comment so far

  1. Christi on

    So, the person that got this book for you must be insanely awesome. Man, are you a lucky brother!

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