Team spirit, the Great Spirit, and the Holy Spirit share one thing in common—each is a mighty outpouring of pure, loving joyousness. You can feel spirit wherever people come together in a aura of reverent, boisterous participation. The rush of happiness is so powerful that it gushes through the body, pushing aside all the painful illusions and worries that plague mankind.
The spirit of love is so compelling and beautiful for me that I have devoted my life to it. You can feel it in my marriage and in every event that I produce. Whenever my trainers, teammates, and clients gather, we create the conditions necessary for excitement to grow into inspiration.
The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time. When you turn up the volume on your sensations, you live in a mighty rush of love. The excitement is contagious. All too often people fall into drudgery and boredom. Most jobs, games, and routines deteriorate into dull work designed to make money, garner recognition, or win. But any great coach will tell you that the love of the game is the only valid reason to play.
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi put it best when he noted that “Winning isn’t everything. The desire to win is everything. In fact, it is the only thing.”
Tragically, most people misquote Coach Lombardi by editing his quote to fit their failure to understand the love of the game. The misquote goes, “Winning isn’t everything. It is the only thing. This unfortunate mentality has festered in professional sports and business, where the love of money has rigged the game to focus on seasonal or quarterly profits.
The distinction between playing to win and loving to play is vast. Words give way to twisted meanings. For example, people often fight and kill for love and peace. But no one who truly loves would ever do anything that is not peaceful.
I choose my business associates the same way I chose my husband—by entering into a pact to surrender together every moment of every day to the spirit of loving respect. We don’t win every contest. But we never lose the sweet sensations that arise when people master the skills to earn trust. That is the essence of how we can always adapt, innovate, and thrive while ordinary systems flounder and fail.