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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What it Takes to Be Number 1 - and to Cope with a Medical Crisis


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Today's post is dedicated to the men who read, need and like my book or blog. I often wonder if I pay enough attention to you. Everyone else can read along and cheer.

Want to win the Coping with a Medical Crisis effort? I'm not going to call it a game. A medical crisis is no laughing, idle matter. But I can share a world-famous football coach's winning words. They apply equally well to the coping effort for medical challenges. Here is Vince Lombardi's classic speech:

Winning is not a sometimes thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up - from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. you've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization - an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win - to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there - to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules - but to win.
And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he's exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.

Vince Lombardi

OK, folks, here's my closing observation: Each time you make an effort to overcome the pain, exhaustion, humiliation, fear and dread of a medical crisis, you're no defeatist. YOU'RE A WINNER! Keep re-reading Lombardi's closing paragraph in order to stay strong.

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To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
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