Perhaps you watched the Superbowl last night. Perhaps not. If you weren't among the 100 million viewers, major spoiler alert: the New Orleans Saints won.
I love football. I would have watched the season concluding game no matter who played. But I found something of particular interest this year.
Every player of the New Orleans Saints felt destined to win.
Four and a half years ago, Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, flooding over 80% of the city and calling for the first ever mandatory evacuation. But not everyone got out. In these desperate circumstances, the Superdome, stadium of the Saints, sheltered over 30,000 people. The stadium, and by extension, the team became a symbol of hope. The Superbowl was more than just a game. To the people of New Orleans, it was a message that the city was alive and well, a message delivered to the nation in the form of a football team.
I find the concept of "destiny" fascinating. Was the team really destined to win? Or was it simply a clever coaching ploy to make the players feel like they couldn't lose? Did fate have a hand in the game? Or were they just the better team?
I believe in the power of positive thinking. I believe in destiny of a sort. I believe we can accomplish what we know, in our hearts, we are meant to do. I am going to be a published author (see, there is my positive thinking/destiny speaking). Bear with me as I tie this into a football analogy:
While destiny may have played a part, it certainly wouldn't have been enough for the Saints to win. They had to put in the work as well.
1st, training camp. I'll compare this to writers conferences. These help develop the skill set necessary to accomplish your goals.
2nd, practice. The team runs the same drills and same plays, over and over again. This is like writing and editing. Tedious? Maybe. But it'll make you better.
3rd, working together as a team a.k.a writers group. I love the Inkers. I wouldn't be anywhere near my goals if I didn't have a team that supported me.
4th, playing a great season, and the best *entire* 60 minute ever. I can write great things. Chapters upon chapters of flowing poetry. But if I never finish my novel, then I don't even have a chance to play in the Superbowl.
We are all destined to do something. What do you feel destined to do? Let's all put in the work necessary to become what we want to be.