By Russell Bush
If I were to ask you who won the Super Bowl last year, how quick could you answer? Can you remember the winners in each classification of football last year? I had someone ask me the first question the other day, and I will be honest, it took me a few minutes to think about the answer – but eventually I came up with it.
The point I am trying to make is that success in the sports world is fleeting. It only lasts a short time, and before you know it, you are just a footnote in the record books.
In today’s society we have an in-the-moment type of mindset. We live off fast food and we want everything to happen now, and when you translate that mindset to a ballfield it remains the same way. We forget very easily how successful our team was yesterday, and we are always asking what has my team done for me today. How many wins do they have today?
I bring all this up because I am not so sure that is how it should be. Nobody takes time anymore to enjoy the fruits of our labor. If my team wins a championship, then we should take the time to celebrate and enjoy it. Unfortunately, as I previously mentioned, we have a mindset that we should move on to the next game and the next victory.
I understand that you can’t rest on your laurels, but that is completely different than what I am discussing. Yes, seasons end at a certain time and begin again at a certain time, and that preparation for the next season is required. But I believe you can remember a championship and play for another at the same time. Once you have a title attached to your program, they can’t take it away. People refer to you as a former champion, and then you can carry yourself proudly and then simply go win another title.
We live in a world where we need to just slow down and not try to rush through life so fast. When our teams succeed, then let’s pat the kids on the back and make sure they don’t forget what they accomplished. I believe if we take this approach, then your sports programs get better because it’s okay to feel good about things and not punish each other for our failures. This is as true for life as it is for sports.