Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The words of a Scottish rugby coach

There are some great motivational speeches out there in the world but this one would have to be one of the better ones.

WARNING: Some of the language in the video is 'colourful.'

This is the 1997 British and Irish Lions rugby team on their tour of South Africa. The speaker is the assistant coach Jim Telfer, one of the hardest rugby players ever to walk onto the field.

At the end of the speech you can see that the players have listened carefully and they are now so motivated to get out there and do it for each other. The look of quiet determination in each of the player's eyes is unmistakeable. They want to get out onto the field and win for themselves, their team mates and for their respective countries. It is truly inspirational.

This speech isn't all about rugby however. We as normal people can take some things from what Mr. Telfer is saying.

The first thing we hear is "that the easy bit has past." That is correct. You have made the decision to do something. To make a change. To make a difference in your life and the lives of people around you. That is the easy part.

Making the decision is the easy part, but to go out their and execute, that is the difficult part. To take action is very, very, very difficult. Personally, I am finding that now. I have been writing this blog, but now is the time to take it to the next level but I am finding that difficult to do.

Telfer also says that defeat doesn't worry him because he knows that if you put in the performance you will get what you deserve. No luck involved at all. In other words, if you put in the work. If you put in the action with discipline then you will get the rewards.

Telfer also says that the South African press do not respect his team. This is like people who don't really understand you, they don't really "get" you. They will try to bring you down to their level so that they can feel better about themselves.

Telfer says, "the only way to be rated is to stick one on them." What does this mean?

Basically it is to try to forget about what they are saying and work hard and produce something that they are going to say wow. When I started writing this blog some people didn't really understand it. They were wondering why I was doing it. Now, 250 posts later people are standing up and taking notice which is exactly what Telfer wants his team to do. Work hard and then they will stand up and take notice.

He also talks about these men being the privileged ones. That applies to all of us. In this time of history, we have many opportunities in life. Airline travel has become easy. We can go anywhere we want. Technology has become such that we can do anything that want and find anything that we want. We definitely are the privileged ones so it would be foolish to waste our chance although some of us including yours truly are trying their best to waste it.

We all have a chance in our lives to create or do something great. It is our responsibility to find that particular thing and give it 100%. Remember that finding that particular thing may take time and it might not present itself when you leave school or university but if you work hard and you do the right things it will come when you least expect it.

Go find it.

WARNING: Some of the language in the video is 'colourful.'

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