A new catchphrase

The new “Catch” was a moment that brought San Francisco 49er tight end Vernon Davis to celebratory tears. With the New Orleans Saints up 32-29 and time running out, Davis cut across the middle of the field, caught the laser pass from Alex Smith and fell into the end zone to give the 49ers a 36-32 lead and the playoff win.

In the post-game interview he said. “I knew I had to step up and make some plays in the game.  We were down and I had to make it happen.”  The reporter then followed up with, “So how did it feel making that catch, miraculous?”

That’s when he said something that really caught my attention. “No, it was just how we rehearsed it.  I caught that pass in practice many times.”  In other words, he put in a lot of work to make it look like a miracle when it counted.

How many times do we look up to athletes and performers and see only the moment of glory and not the work they put in beforehand to make it possible?  The sweat, the repetition, the determination and a lot of dropped balls led to that catch.

If you are chasing a moment of glory in your life, you’ve got to put in the miles.  That’s my new catchphrase. 

How are you rehearsing success?

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2 Comments on “A new catchphrase”

  1. Rasheed Says:

    Hmm interesting!

    They always say, “behind every success is a thousand failures that you never see.”

    In network marketing, our catchphrase is “go for no!” because the more times you get a “no,” the more likely you’ll get a “yes.” To other people, they only see the successes, but only close friends ever get to see the failures.

    Great insight Mr. Goad 🙂

  2. Nora Says:

    We just completed a huge project at work that involved figuring out how to prepare 3000 meals a day off-site and how to deliver and rescue thousands of pounds off food each day without use of our coolers or garage for six weeks.

    Someone recently asked me how long I spent planning it and my knee-jerk response was, “My whole life.”

    And I was serious – all of my experiences until then led to managing that project. It was fun to get the praise for a job well done, but there were lots of lessons learned along the way.


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