Usually I make a post about some great physical change or even an emotional break through I’ve had and how it relates to transformation.
Today I wanted to change pace a little bit by telling a story…
So last year was my son’s first year of football. He was on JV and by the end of the season he had no interest in continuing to play football. Considering what a great sport it is in itself as well as how it helps build character, strong work ethics and lasting friendships I was heartbroken to hear this.
A friend of mine is a coach for a midget league and had wanted me to bring him there last year but I went with a different team and it caused Tay to hate football. However, I begged him to try another season with this new team and reluctantly, he agreed.
From the first day of conditioning camp I could tell he had a passion and enjoyment for the game. By the end of the last camp he was determined to be a varsity WR. I told him this would require a lot of practice and a lot of training and he agreed. He is now varsity and plays as a TE and an outside linebacker – the amount of effort he’s put in is unfathomable and i’m so proud of him.
Since the start of practice he runs agility drills with me, does some catching as well as strength and endurance. All with little to no push back – last year it was a struggle to get him to do anything outside of practice.
Onto the picture…
Originally, when he started running two miles with me – through the neighborhood, not on a treadmill – we were looking at 23 minutes. Now, before we’ve even hit our first regular season game, he’s cut his time down to under 19 minutes!! That is absolutely amazing!!
I say “he has” because while I do somewhat set the pace, I also make sure he has to challenge himself and I wont leave him behind but I’ll encourage him to speed up. So, we only finish that quickly because he allows us to.
Again, the effort he puts in outside of practice and on the field, I didnt think I’d see after last year’s season but he continues to prove me wrong.
And that lady’s and gentleman is one helluva transformation.