A game of dominance, leadership and maximizing performance.
Emotions run high in the game of football. It is a game where one team is pitted against another in a battle of real estate. It is not only a contact sport but a game of collision.
Once you step on the field there is no place to hide. It is a game of superiority. Each team striving to display dominance over the other.
Once you cross the line and onto the field of competition you must be all in. You cannot play well unless you are completely committed. There’s only one speed and that is full speed. Playing any less than full speed is dangerous to yourself and your teammates.
The Most Successful on the Football Field are Passionate About the Game
Passion is defined as an intense desire or enthusiasm for something, a strong and barely controllable emotion. Passion and enthusiasm for a good cause are beneficial to achieving your goal and reaching your destination. Football also requires a tremendous amount of focus to diagnose fast-moving parts and instantly react to fit properly into the scheme and strategy of the play called.
Because of the physical and violent nature of the game, it’s important to be disciplined mentally, physically, and emotionally.
When Adversity Strikes or Your Opponent is Getting the Better of You, it is Important Passion Doesn’t Turn into Fury
Fury is defined as an intense rage, wild and violent anger. Passion is a barely controllable emotion and without discipline can switch in an instant to fury. Fury does not belong in the game. Any player not able to control his passion will hinder his performance and the team’s.
All coaches love players who are passionate about the game. Players who go from passion to fury on the field will become a distraction and ultimately cost their team games. Football is a game of passion. The book of Revelation States in 3:15 – “It is better to be fiery hot or icy cold because if you are lukewarm I will spit you out.”
As leaders, it is our job to ensure our team is ready to enter the field of battle whatever that may be for our teams. We must motivate each member to maximize the performance of the entire team and we must not let our superstar’s egos get in the way of getting the highest output from each and every member of the team.