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Are You Checking Your Sunshine or your Shoeshine?

A while ago, I was watching a TV show on the NFL network about the Green Bay Packers of the 1960’s when Vice Lombardi was the head coach.  The show is called A Football Life. Coach Lomardi had a habit be very demanding with his players and constantly yelling at them.

Jerry Kramer,  the NFL Hall of Fame football player who played the guard position on the Green Bay Packers offensive line was sharing how when he was being yelled at by Coach Lombardi for doing something incorrectly in practice or a game he would frequently be “checking his shoeshine.”

In other words, Jerry had has head down and was looking at his feet because he was feeling discouraged, had lost his confidence and enthusiasm because he was being yelled at.  He was being yelled at so much, he was sure he was going to be cut from the team and was wondering what he was going to do with the rest of his life.

Mr. Kramer also shared this same story during his enshrinement speech to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

Here is a link to the video of his enshrinement speech.  It is worth listening to.

It is a fairly common reaction for a person to feel discouraged have a lack of confidence and enthusiasm and check their own shoeshine when unwanted change enters their life.

I have a friend Kimo Mahikoa, from Kauai, Hawaii.

Kimo is a Master Instructor of the native Hawaiian healing art of Lomilomi, a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Body Worker, Director of Golden Wings Ministry, a retired Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force and a professional airline pilot, a captain for a major U.S. airline.

Kimo told me one time during a class I was taking on Kauai that if you are feeling down for any reason, you will always start to feel better if you stand up, go outside, tilt your head back, look up in the sky, into the sunshine, and take a deep breath and just slowly exhale.  You will always feel better by “checking your sunshine.”

Try it.  It is simple, but it does work.  So when you first experience unwanted change in your life, immediately check your sunshine instead of your shoeshine.

Jerry Kramer went on to say, that one day after practice when he was checking his shoeshine, Coach Lombardi came into the locker room and said “Son, one of these days you’re going to be the best guard in football.”  It was Lombardi’s statement that caused him to have a surge of energy in his body and establish a belief in himself to become one of the best guards in football history and be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame.

 Click here to see the video clip of Jerry Kramer sharing his story.

In many instances when unwanted change enters your life, you will need to seek the guidance of a coach to create a new belief in yourself.

When unwanted change enters your life, are you “checking your sunshine or your shoeshine?”

When unwanted change enters your life, check your sunshine instead of your shoeshine.   Then move forward with confidence and enthusiasm.

 A 3 > 2™ coach can help you “check your sunshine” to create a new belief in yourself to help you overcome the unwanted change in your life and become the best person you can be.

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Stephen Lesavich, PhD

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