The other day I went to the high school to pick up my youngest son from Football practice. Practice was running late, so I hung out and watched as the players ran sprints and did up downs. Now, for those of you that have played a little football, you know that after 3 hours of practice the last thing you want to do is wind sprints and up downs. But the team seemed to run and run and run. After each lap and set of up downs the coach would tell them to watch the ball and then they would get in a ready position. The idea was to be disciplined and ready to finish games in the fourth quarter. He asked the players to give more effort.
The longer they ran.. the less effort the coach would see. They were tired and as they got more tired, the less effort they would give.. the less effort they gave, the more mistakes they would make, the more mistakes they would make, the more they ran… and so went the cycle.
It all came down to effort. Who was willing to give more when it counted.
I stood there and watched and thought.. yep, it is about effort. Life is about effort. You can over come many things with more effort. The harder you work, the more you will be rewarded. If you apply the effort to any task you will eventually see results.
In the fourth quarter, weather that is on the football field, in the classroom, or in a Scout troop effort matters.
Here is what I see way to often… a lack of effort. I see this in most things in life. Way to many times we see our young men just try to get by, to “Max the Minimum”. To give the least amount of effort and expect the same results.
We see that a lot in our Scouts.. Way to often do we see them avoid patrol chores, planning, or pitch in when they are needed. Way to often do we see them demonstrate a lack of effort when it comes to finishing tasks like service projects. And then there is advancement. I see a lot of Scouts that expect to be moved along, just like when they were in Cub Scouts, with their peers. Or I see the effort coming from their parents. That lack of effort will not get the work done. I suppose that’s why only 4% become Eagle Scouts.
Now, we won’t make them do wind sprints and up downs.. no we just encourage them to “Do their best”.. well, I guess what I am saying is that maybe “Their best” is not good enough. Maybe they need to apply more effort and make their best better.
This is the game of life and where do we want them to be in the fourth quarter. I want them to be winning.
I want them to be successful. I want them to work hard for what they get, not expect a hand out or to be “moved along” with their peers. No I want to see them give the effort to their lives. It is then that they will appreciate the things that they earn. It is with more effort that they will be great men.
I love these teachable moments they seem to pass in front of us each day. Watching as my son and his team mates ran until they proved that they wanted to be winners made me look at other areas of our life. Wouldn’t it be great if every one in the School gave that much effort, or in the neighborhood and community.
Living the Scout oath and Law takes effort. It’s not easy and it’s not designed to be. People that do not give effort just get by. Those that give extra effort succeed.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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