I was watching some Friday morning sports talk radio on TV and was hit by a moment of inspiration. It came from a very unexpected source, Barry Melrose (currently broadcaster on ESPN and former NHL Hockey player and head coach). You may have seen Barry before adorned in his loudly colored and often pinstriped suits on set.
Now I’m not a hockey fanatic, but I have recently been following the Chicago Blackhawks the last couple years. Mike & Mike asked Barry what his pre-game speech would be for the Hawks? The biggest speech their coach would deliver this year prior to their game 7 “winner-take-all” match-up with the Anaheim Ducks for a chance to skate for Lord Stanely’s Cup. “What would you specifically say?” asked ESPN host Mike Greenberg.
He responded with strength and determination, “Like What You See!”
When the skates are off tonight men and you hit the shower, then stand in front of the mirror…like what you see.
He wasn’t talking about complexion or hair style either. He was talking about a person/player looking themselves in the eye and being completely satisfied with the effort they delivered.
Imagine if we did this daily. Do you like what you see?
I believe the people that do like what they see, sleep well. They wake up rested to tackle another day with all they’ve got. They take action and “leave it all out there” to accomplish something every day. Not everything will go their way, but they shake it off and continue on in a positive path. They create momentum of achievements and progress every single day.
What about if you don’t like what you see? I believe these people go to bed with a belly full of fear, frustration, or anxiety dreading what’s next. Life happens to them and at this point in time, they’re not willing to punch back and change it. The mirror has a funny way of bringing a harsh reality to a life. A reality previously hidden from our site and vision becomes all too real. The way we see ourselves, and what the reflection of the mirror tells us we are, conflict. Conflict equals discontent or disagreement. But, this conflict can be the best of things. It’s a START.
The beautiful thing is, nothing is final (only death). Anyone can change.
If you don’t like what you see (and candidly I can say there are things about myself today I don’t like), change them! Make moves today to start a new path. Take a step, one step, in a different direction.
ACTION ITEM: If you see Barry, tell him I said, “Thanks!” In the meantime, take an honest look in the mirror and don’t get angry. Get moving.