The aging athlete stood in the middle of the stadium as the referee’s final whistle had blown, his team and adoring fans in celebration with an upset victory. He looked as if he was in another dimension, not overwhelmed by the events like his teammates but realizing that today was likely his last great hurrah and the final stroke of the brush in an extraordinary career.
Prior to the contest, most considered his final days in the sport were in the past. He was a great player, a legend yet, like each of us, the steadying march of “time” had finally caught up. However, in one last gleaming moment, just a shade before the clock struck midnight in his career, he managed to summon something majestic to lead his team to victory, one more time.
Standing there now in the middle of the stadium, his heart filled with the boyhood soul of the game, looked out at the adoring fans as his name reverberated off the walls.
While I have kept the individual anonymous, it is story that has been told on countless occasions, with many different players. Amongst its backdrop of sport, honouring the team you grew up playing for the sheer love of its heritage and what it means to you, it also speaks of what I call “intent and resolve”.
Though “intensity” tends to get the majority of the marketing copy within modern athletics, I tend to prefer “intent and resolve”. Intensity, or at least the smarmy, modern interpretation is near comedic now with its dumbed-down presentation of male bravado, yelling and screaming into the camera, never understanding how “weak” it truly is. While that may sell good to those who have never face the heat of competition, to be strong, successful and powerful, you must have “intent and resolve”.
Intent and resolve is the infrared vision of seeing your goals, setting them in your sights and getting the tough job done. It ignores the bellowing, or is that cooing, that is just a garden-variety dance for the onlookers and instead is the roll up your sleeves attitude that breeds success in sport, business and life. It is a country getting back to work during tough days, a family pulling together after enduring hardship or in the example noted, an aging athlete, long past his prime, placing the hopes and dreams of his team on his shoulder and leading them to victory.
Possessing “intent and resolve” says a great deal of a person and additionally of their mentors. I am pleased with how those have come through my system possess each and not only are they are successful in sport but more importantly in their families lives, careers and ultimately leading others towards this path.
Yet the other magical part of “intent and resolve” is the confidence it injects into your claret. You will succeed because you know the path and that pathway of anyway, anyhow always gets the job done. So you roll your sleeves up, you put another pot of java on because while your competitions sleeps in soft bedding, you prepare, you dig in for a fight and damn well, you know what it takes.
Ultimately, with “intent and resolve” comes with another little gleaming jewel I learned in life because the direction I am looking is the I am going. With blinders on, set your loftiest of goals, see only success and become your dream.
This is "Renegade" because while many gather around, hunting for exercise secrets into why my resume is loaded with success stories, the true story is the fortitude and character we are building with every member. To this, I tell you we are building leaders of tomorrow, today because right now, as you read this line, someone is digging in for the battle, maybe for a victory in sport, for their career or most importantly, their family. Someone is waging on against the tough fight but with honour, commitment and loyalty, they will overcome adversity and kick their way through the window of opportunity because they possess intent and resolve. This is what sport training and all exercise should be because while some fret of simply a stronger body, I will provide you a route to that but also give you the route for a better life.
See the direction you are going with a breastplate honour, loyalty and commitment and fuelled with passion, attack your loftiest goals with intent and resolve.
prepared by John Davies
photos "Pink, its the New Black" a Renegade production