Last week I put a challenge to the readers of this blog for some ideas on leadership topics to write about. I appreciate all your great ideas as I will have some material to write about for a long time. Of course, there can be only one winner.
And the Winner is……..
Adam Rossman, thank you for your idea of posting on the wisdom of Rocky. Are you kidding me! This contest wasn’t even fair as anyone who knows me knows my love of Rocky movies. I could write a doctorate dissertation on how the message from these movies apply to leadership :).
Recently I gave a talk about limiting beliefs. The story occurred during my sophomore year of wrestling and the message was on my limiting belief that I could not compete with seniors. When I went against an upperclassman I would take my beating like a good boy in the hopes of being successful someday. The turning point came when I took on a very good senior wrestler in our conference. After taking on everything he had to give I realized that I could compete and be successful with the big dogs.
Inspirational clips of dream struggle victory movies are a great short-term motivation for us that obstacles are much smaller than they appear and they can be overcome. I say short-term motivation because we can get motivated by others success but eventually we must go out and tackle our own Goliaths on our way to success.
Rocky takes a huge leap toward his Goliath and does something that nobody has ever done before…he staggers the mighty Russian! I love the reaction from his trainer Tony as he yells, “He’s cut!” as if saying to Rocky, I knew you had it in you all along! Then later when he has his student in the corner he tells him, “You see, he’s not a machine, he’s a man.” Rocky had a mentor to show him his obstacles were not really as big as they appear.
I play this scene to you as a reminder to us all that everyday we can keep taking shots at our limiting beliefs and even though it may not seem like it, one day, just like the Russian, you’re going to “cut” them and sooner or later they are going to fall!
To all those that keep chopping away at their limiting beliefs toward their dream I salute you and await the day when I can write about you and your victory on this blog.