I have to admit I love the world cup. I delight in the way it brings people together, can raise the hope of a nation in 90 minutes and bring others to tears.
But this post isn’t about the world cup. It is about two players. One who is there and the other who isn’t.
It makes me ask, why?
Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably one the best footballers in the world and some say the best, is leading his country at this years world cup. He is scoring goals. And he is carrying the hopes of a whole nation on his shoulders.
Some say he is playing the best football of his career.
Cristiano is 33.
Wayne Rooney, England’s all time goal scorer is on holiday somewhere. For the past 2 or 3 seasons his goal scoring record at club level is not what it was when he was slightly younger.
“He doesn’t have it in his legs anymore” the ‘expert’ pundits say. After not getting picked for England, he has retired from international duty.
He is now heading off to the MLS in the USA. The MLS appears like a playing retirement centre; a place where professionals go as they age to get one last cheque. For some, it is so they can keep playing.
Wayne is 32.
(Yes, one year younger than Cristiano)
What Makes the Difference Between These Two Players?
Both Rooney and Ronaldo played together in the English premier league at Manchester United (I support Man City) before Ronaldo eventually went to Real Madrid.
But why is one of these pro’s leading his team at the world cup whilst the other is now off to pursue a ‘career’ in the MLS?
Natural fitness? The English league is tougher than the Spanish league? Ronaldo possess a gift and Rooney doesn’t?
The One Thing (It Makes one a Leader at The World Cup)
Whatever the reason for such different contrasts to where their careers are now, it be down to one thing and one thing only:
Desire. And want lives in the mind.
Rooney lost his wish to play a few years ago. Maybe he thought that he had already ‘made’ it and didn’t have to train as hard or as long as anymore.
Maybe he believed the false hype from pundits or even sports science (Something which Roger Federer defies) that he was losing his speed at age 29.
He may well have lost it.
But he is almost a year younger than Cristiano. He hasn’t lost it.
In fact Ronaldo trains just as hard now than when he did when he was learning his amazing skills.
Adversity could well be your greatest catalyst to getting what you really want in life
Desire: The One Thing You Can’t Give Anyone
Desire. it’s the one thing you can’t give anyone. As a coach, I can inspire and internally motivate someone into action. But they still need to bring the desire to the table.
Until they have that unquenchable thirst for change or improvement, no coach can help.
Napoleon Hill speaks of desire in his classic, Think and Grow Rich. And he knew think or two about success and getting what you want.
So how do you get this thing called desire?
So do you still have a desire for life or what you do like Ronaldo does? Or has yours gone AWOL like it has for Wayne Rooney?
The best way is by discovering and doing what you love. If you don’t know what you love to do, start with what you are interested in. Get yourself a purpose.
Or you can become sick and tired of what you don’t have or how you live now. Usually, that’s the most powerful way of creating the desire that will lead you to change for the better.
So welcome any adversity if you get into some.You may just find it is your greatest catalyst for change.