A few years ago Notre Dame beat Michigan. My son is a Notre Dame grad and we are Irish football fans. The teem had been struggling so victories were valuable. This particular win was against a sub-par Michigan team. The Wolverines had a new coach and they were struggling. Nonetheless, Notre Dame had a victory.
My son called after the win, “Dad, we’re back!”
“Troy,” I said, “Did you watch the game? Michigan turned it over three times in the first quarter and Notre Dame couldn’t take advantage. Notre Dame was kicking field goals when they should have been scoring touchdowns from close range. Notre Dame didn’t put on a very good display against a pretty bad opponent.”
“Dad,” came the reply from the phone. “Don’t be negative, you gotta be a fan.”
That’s what he said. What he meant was — are you in or are you on the sidelines? Real fans buy in!
It made me think about commitment. There are things I am really committed to in life and those commitments show up in everything I think and do. As I look back at my past I can see where I was truly committed, and I see where I was partly committed, and I can see where I merely went through the motions, when I was on the sidelines. It made a difference in the results.
Today I know what I believe and that belief guides my commitment in all parts of life; faith, family and profession.
At a breakfast with a new friend this morning I shared that self-belief, self-trust, makes life easier. It becomes easier because you know what to ‘jump into’ … what to ‘just do’ … what to commit to … and what to buy into.