I believe weâ€™re all under constant attack on our minds by evil. I believe that evil tries to make hell on Earth for all of us, trying to sidetrack us from what weâ€™re called to do. I believe that evil tries like hell to make us waste potential â€“ as much potential as possible, to make sure that we throw away all our natural gifts. I made the concept of evil a character in Soul of a Lifter. I believe that evil sends full-out pressure trying to knock the hell out of us until we give up. I also believe that evil uses a softer approach, by fâ€™n with our heads, trying to make us crazy with delusionsâ€¦make-believe. Fairy tales that success is easy. Hereâ€™s an example – another definition of insanity: expecting a championship ring to be made out of easy.
Championship rings are made out of guts. You have to spill guts to get fitted for a championship ring. Believing that gutless wins championship rings is delusional. Fighting evil isnâ€™t easy. It takes hardcore training. Fighting insanity requires learning a new language â€“ a language of reality.
Championship rings arenâ€™t handed out as consolation prizes or congeniality awards or to the most likely to succeed or to those who accumulate the most â€˜likesâ€™ or to who scores the highest approval rating or to who get the most invites to birthday parties. Championships rings are earned by spilling guts. Thereâ€™s no such thing as a gutless championship ring.
The beauty of championship rings is that they make you work for them. Championship rings wonâ€™t compromise. They canâ€™t be stolen or ripped off or bought or bribed or obtained by false pretences. Championship rings force you to call out your very best â€“ all of it. Wasted potential wonâ€™t win a ring. Rings force the exercise of free will â€“ build your potential or kill it. Fair game. No excuses. Someone has to win the ring. Letting someone else win it is a choice that losers make. Winners benefit from the decisions made by losers.
When you feel like wasting your potential, remind yourself that the ring is making you work for it. Remind yourself that if you slack off, youâ€™re handing over a ring to someone else. The key is to stop believing in fairy tales, especially the one that starts with, â€œOnce upon a time, a team won a championship ring by being lazyâ€¦.â€
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
owner â€“ X Fitness Inc.
head coach â€“ Oakville Longhorns football team
author â€“ Soul of a Lifter