Some of you know me well enough to know that I am a comic book/super hero nerd. I can thank my uncle Ed for that. Anyway, one of my favorites when I was a kid and has again reemerged, is Green Lantern. If you don’t know the story, a dude is given a ring from a dying alien that allows him to essentially do anything he can fathom. The stronger his will power, the more powerful he was.
While this is “only” a comic book, or graphic novel as I like to call them, (my lovely wife pokes fun at me for that one), I do believe that will power could be the most powerful force in our universe. For anyone, not just athletes. Strength of will makes the body strong, and the mind strongest. The best athletes in the world, regardless of sport have the strongest of wills. For example, look at Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson. A year ago last Sunday, he suffered a devastating injury tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee. This is an injury that traditionally has players missing most, if not all of the following season. Yet a year later to the day, Peterson was running for the NFL records books for the most rushing yards in a 16 game season. It is an incredible story. In an interview last Sunday, he shared his perception of the injury. He didn’t look at his recovery time as compared to others before him. It was as if he was the only one to ever have had that injury, and there was no precedent set.
I can’t help but share this exact sentiment. The will to throw my furthest and continue to improve is what drives me. Sometimes blindly. It has nothing to do with my fellow competitors, records, or the like. Will is indeed a power. And when you learn to harness it, you will discover a new athlete within!
Here are a couple morsels to make you wanna lift a whole house:
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli
Source: Kibwé Johnson