It’s the Daily News and the Wednesday Wellbeing specifically for your Kiama Fitness Program.
Now I’m no religious guy, I don’t do verses, psalms or anything else like that. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. If it floats your boat, great)
I do however, love a good quote, story and even some poetry especially if I can find a way to relate that back to health & fitness. I grabbed this poem from a guy who I totally respect. He’s a hard working coach, straight down the line and he has a great track record of getting the best out of people. (Some of whom haven’t exactly been the sharpest tools in the shed either.)
I’m of course talking about NRL Super Coach Wayne Bennett who is the most successful coach in the history of Rugby League. He has two books and I recommend both – even to people that have no interest in Rugby League.
This poem is really appropriate considering the Challenge Week we’re about to enter. It’s called The Man in the Mirror. Now Wayne didn’t write it, but over the past 22 years of his coaching career it’s been crucial in getting his players right mentally. It’s title has changed several times since it was first written back in 1934 by an American named Peter ‘Dale’ Wimbrow but the message is always the same…
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Then go to your mirror and look at yourself
And se what that man has to say.
For it isn’t your father, your mother or wife
Whose judgment of you – you must pass.
The fellow who’s verdict counts most in your life,
Is the guy staring back from the glass.
He’s the man you must please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end.
And you’ve passed your most difficult and dangerous test
When the man in the glass is your friend.
You may be like another and chisel a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy.
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum,
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world, down the pathway of years,
And get pats on your back as you pass.
But the final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.
No excuses next week during Challenge Week.
Your Team mates don’t care for them but more importantly, the man (or woman) in the glass doesn’t either.
In case you missed it, check out this Challenge Week video to get FIRED UP!