As I sit watching the Academy Awards with my family, I can not help but think, February should be the most motivating month of the year. Although February is short on days it is long on inspiration. Regardless of your personal preferences, there is inspiration for everyone. February is filled with inspirational celebrations of success with the Oscars, Grammys, and Super Bowl, all while the entire month is dedicated to the historic achievements of African – Americans.
The Oscars are by far the “class act”, (pun intended) of February. We get to see our stars come together in glamorous evening gear and deliver well articulated acceptance speeches. More so, we have the opportunity to witness people taste the fruit of their labor. When we see an Oscar winner cry during their acceptance speech we know that they have put their heart and soul into their art and they have reached their pinnacle. A good example was Halle Berry who made history as the first African – American woman to win the Best Actress Award. Some people don’t see the value in studying African – American history; however, it is actually the study of American history and can be used as a motivating factor for everyone. Halle’s way was paved by Lena Horne, the first African – American woman to sign a long term contract with a major Hollywood studio. When we take into account the obstacles African – Americans had to overcome to achieve success in the arts, and other disciplines, our accomplishments should be limitless.
Several years ago, it was every football players’ dream to play in the Super Bowl. Fans would watch a week of Super Bowl hype, gear up for parties and watch one team slaughter the other. How could such a marquis event be so one sided? The losing teams’ goal was to make it to the Super Bowl and the winning teams’ goal was to win the Super Bowl. Now football players and coaches are smarter, everyone’s mission is to win the Super Bowl. Coaches stay up day and night studying film and developing strategies to win, even when they realize their team may have less talent. This attitude results in much closer games. Athletes immerse themselves in game preparation because they know they may never get another chance to reach this pinnacle of their career again.
However, the most perplexing concept to me is how millions of people can watch these events and go back to being “ordinary.” Interestingly, we often look at the Super Bowl and other events and don’t even think about ourselves. All too often we “think that was exciting,” and go back to being ordinary in our jobs. However, there is a Super bowl to every career. Millions of people may not watch you accept your ‘Teacher of the Year’ award but this means you gave your all to better educate your students. Maybe only a handful of your peers watched you receive your award, as the division’s top consultant but this is your Oscar. Hopefully, from here on out, you will watch these events and envision yourself reaching the pinnacle of your craft. Maybe you will use it as fuel to drive you everyday to be the best in your field. On that note, I would like to leave you with one final thought. On one particular day, the basketball team for the city in which I was working, had a pivotal playoff game that night. The game was the talk of the town and everyone was gearing up to either attend the game or watch it on television. At the end of my sales day, I asked one of my clients, an award winning urologist who was working late, if he was going to watch “the game” that night. His reply was simple: “I never stop my work to watch someone else do theirs.” His goal was to win the Super Bowl, and ours should be too!
Dion Harding is a motivational speaker and sales trainer.