This past Saturday night, my daughter and I attended the first public scrimmage at a new local high school football stadium. It was an important night for these young football players, band members, and cheerleaders as they got to show off their new stadium.
As a part of the festivities, they introduced players from the 6th grade and middle school teams, too. It was an exciting night, especially since we were sitting next to some very proud parents.
At the same time, there was another very important presentation going on in Canton, OH: the induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Being selected to the Hall of Fame in any sport or endeavor is special, and this induction was being broadcast worldwide.
It’s possible that at the very moment when the names of the football players at South Gibson County High School in Medina, Tennessee were being announced, one of the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees (Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, or Prime Time himself, Deion Sanders) could have been giving his acceptance speech.
The significance of that moment didn’t hit me until Sunday afternoon. How many of those young students have big dreams about making it to the NFL, and someday the Hall of Fame? How many of those star athletes are looking back on their early days, remembering what it felt like to dream that big?
That’s when this compelling question popped into my mind:
When should you write your Hall of Fame speech?
Should you write it after you are elected to the Hall of Fame? Or, should you write it when you’re in 6th grade and it’s the night before you run out onto the field for your name to be announced as a member of the football team?
It doesn’t matter whether you play football, table tennis, or the stock market. It doesn’t matter if you are an athlete, a teacher, or a chef. What matters is that you know your goal, and that your goal is bigger than you.
If it’s not your ambition to make it to the “Hall of Fame” for your chosen field, ask yourself, “Why not?” Challenge yourself to make your goal bigger. Define your own Hall of Fame.
Deion Sanders made his decision when he was 7 years old. He decided that he was going to make enough money to allow his mom to quit her job, and football was the means by which he would do that. Saturday night was his opportunity to tell the world his story.
Once you settle on your goal, start writing your speech. Keep a record of your journey to get there. Write about your plan to make it happen and what it will feel like when you finally “make it.” Envision your success.
Your past is always intersecting with your future. Make sure that as the two collide, you are propelled to the achievement of your goals.
Have you started writing yet?
What is your Hall of Fame?