My goal during the month of January is to share stories and examples of great competitors RESPONDING to adversity. This week’s example about RESPONDING comes from the Texas Christian University Football team. You can list a number of pieces of adversity the TCU Football team encountered at the Alamo Bowl, from their start starting quarterback getting suspended for the game to falling behind 31-0 in the second half, the Horned Frogs RESPONDED.
The RESPONSE to the adversity experienced was evident and put on display in the 2016 Alamo Bowl, but it was built and engrained in the Horned Frog Culture over the last 10 years. In 2006, almost 10 years ago, Ivan Maisel, an ESPN Senior Writer, wrote a piece on the TCU Football program’s “Enthusiasm Station.” (Check out the ESPN.com article by clicking here.) The “Enthusiasm Station” is built into a conditioning circuit the Horned Frogs complete early in the morning one day a week. This “Enthusiasm Station” dictates how long they continue in their conditioning circuit. Their RESPONSE in the “Enthusiasm Station” is based solely on their desire to push through and use the adversity in the conditioning circuit as an advantage. Their enthusiasm was practiced, never left to chance, built for 10 years and displayed at the Alamo Bowl.
The enthusiastic RESPONSE was also evident in Quarterback Bram Kohlhausen. Kohlhausen is a fifth-year senior who has been backing up the starter, a sophomore, the entire season. He responded when given the opportunity, in what ends up being Kohlhausen’s only start in his entire college football career. This only start occurred a little under two months after his father passed away in early November. Kohlhausen RESPONDED by competing with the Heart of a Competitor engaging in the present moment with confidence.
This is just one example of a person and a team RESPONDING, however there are examples all around us of people and programs RESPONDING to adversity. We do not control what is happening around us, but and this is a big BUT, we control our RESPONSE. In 2016, I encourage you to RESPOND, build your masterpiece, and compete with the Heart of a Competitor. Like Bram Kohlhausen, you may only get one opportunity and your RESPONSE will determine what is made of this one opportunity.