Iowa Specialty Hospital

The Brief by Reagan

October 18, 2021

Today it feels like fall, and football season.  For those of you that don’t know, this fall is my first season helping coach the Belmond Varsity Football team.  So far it has been a tough season filled with learning opportunities.  There’s an old adage that says you learn more through failure than success, and if that’s true I have gained a wealth of coaching knowledge this season.

I am privileged to coach a great group of kids, and I sincerely mean a great group of kids.  They have done what we asked in practice and played through illness and injury.  These kids have stuck it out week to week.  However, the outcome is not the season we had hoped for.

I guess sometimes that’s how things work out.  You plan, prepare, and execute and occasionally you don’t come out on top.  After it’s all over you have the ability to tear apart your coaching plans, practice plans, and try to determine what the missing link was and to do it better the next time. 

Life is about facing adversity, on the football field, at work, at home, anywhere.  The hard lesson is learning from where you went wrong, then to try again and keep moving forward.  

Right now it seems like we are facing adversity every day at work.  We have changing regulations that affect personal beliefs, core values, even our personal faith.  Yet we are being asked to keep moving forward putting others before ourselves.  The how we move forward and/or in what direction is personal to each of us, and that’s okay.  The main goal is to keep moving forward.  We have an incredible team here we can lean on.  So lean on them when you need to, and lift them up when they need it.  

There will be an end, a light at the end of tunnel, and we will be wiser, stronger, and more cohesive because of what we have faced together.  Keep your heads up and keep moving forward for together we can overcome whatever adversity we face.  

“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.”  Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

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