24-Hour Rule


I’ve gotten in the habit of DVR’ing the ESPN’s “College Gameday” every Saturday morning.  It’s a two-hour show that highlights the day’s college football lineup.  Watching the first 30 minutes of so keeps me current.

Screen Shot 2012-12-19 at 11.55.18 AMOn a recent episode, I heard this quote from Notre Dame’s head coach, Brian Kelly:

“We have a 24-hour rule, and I do the same thing.  We’re going to celebrate a win for 24 hours, and we’re going to lament the loss for 24 hours, and then we move on.”

That’s worth reading again . . .

I love the attitude and wisdom displayed in this statement.  Coach Kelly knows that during the season, his team is going to have losses and disappointments and also wins and celebrations.  It’s all part of the game.  But he “manages” the responses to these events with his team.  Dwelling on what happened last Saturday will very likely take the focus off of what they need to be working on for the next week.

We will all experience the same things in life—losses, disappointments, wins, and celebrations.  The difference between people is how long they “celebrate the wins” or “lament the losses.”

You and I both know people who choose to keep lamenting the losses in their lives instead of choosing to get over them.  I’m not suggesting that when you go through something that is life shattering you should get over it in 24 hours–or even months for that matter.  That’s not realistic.  Some things need to be grieved.  But I am suggesting that you draw a line in the sand and choose to get over it and move on with your life.

That’s what Coach Kelly is teaching his team to do—get over it and move on.  This keeps his team steady, focused, progressing and on track.  And his team is playing for the BCS National Championship this week!

Is there something in your life that you need to use the 24-Hour Rule on?

Why not start today?

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