“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.”
Mary Kay Ash
Winning is a choice. But then, so is losing.
I was watching game four of the World Series between the Red Sox and the Dodgers on Saturday night. In the bottom of the 6th inning the Dodgers scored four runs to take a 4-0 lead in the game with only 9 outs remaining for the Red Sox to try and come back and win the game.
The night before the Dodgers had won the game with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 18th inning to win the game 3-2! (the longest game in World Series history). So a 4-0 lead going into the top of the 7th inning was a commanding lead. But the Red Sox players are professionals and they are winners and they didn’t panic. They chose to overcome. The Red Sox scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th, and then another run in the top of the 8th to tie the game.
Then in the top of the 9th they went on a rampage and scored 5 more runs to move the score to 9-4. But did the Dodgers give up? No way. They lost the game but not before scoring two more runs in the bottom of the 9th. Final score 9-6. I love that neither team quit. They just keep slogging it out.
My point is this. At any point someone could have decided “this is too much, we can’t win, I need to quit and rest myself for another game.” But that isn’t what champions do. They win, they persevere. They rise to the challenge and if they lose, they get up and they try harder. Failures quit. Winners don’t make that choice.
Someone has to win a game in the end, but no one has to quit…