I had the pleasure of delivering the Power of Fun to the students at Rutgers University last week during their PRIDE conference. Pride was an acronym for their core values…Professional, Resourceful, Innovative, Developmental and Evaluative. The attendees were made up of students who were also part time Rutgers employees. The purpose of this conference was to bond, energized and train the students so that they would feel a part of an effective group rather than individuals that happened to be working as they went through school. I was challenged by their leader’s request to highlight the concept of “pride” during my presentation. I struggled trying to connect my time as the Phanatic with pride, but it got me thinking.
Probably my largest regret, looking back on my years as the Phanatic, was that I really underestimated the impact the big green guy had, not only on Phillies fans but also on the city of Philadelphia. It is always wonderful to hear fans that I meet around the Delaware Valley share their Phanatic memories. I have recently discovered how much pride I have in the Phillie Phanatic’s development and history. The problem is that I am only discovering this now at age 55. What if I had decided to be proud of what I was about to accomplish 33 years ago? How powerful would that have been for my perspective and growth?
If you think about it “Pride” is a post event evaluation. You aren’t proud of anything until you complete or accomplish it. What if we decided today to be proud of what we are going to accomplish tomorrow? How differently would we react to stress, struggles and indecision? How much more innovative would we be? Would we be better parents, partners and friends? Would our days become what we wanted them to be?
Take time tonight to make the choice to be proud of what you are going to do tomorrow!