According to Webster’s dictionary, resiliency is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Without this trait, it’s hard to overcome life’s endless obstacles and become the best version of ourselves. This is how we must live our lives and it’s definitely how Drew Brees lives his.
In the final game of the 2005 regular season Drew Brees the starting quarterback of the San Diego Chargers suffered a devastating shoulder injury which completely dislocated his throwing arm. In the following days, Brees would fly out to Birmingham, Alabama to see the renown surgeon Dr. James Andrew.
Upon getting an MRI of his right shoulder, it was evident that Brees had a 360-degree tear that would be quite difficult to repair. Throwing a football was off the table, and Brees’s NFL career was in jeopardy. The road to recovery would be difficult, but the outcome of his rehabilitation would determine his future.
Many doctors gave him a 25% chance at recovery almost cementing his fate before any rehab even took place. Five days later, Bree’s would undergo an intense surgical procedure conducted by a team of 5 doctors to repair what was left of his throwing arm. Upon completion of the surgery, Brees went right to work in hopes of making a full recovery.
During the next 5 months, Brees would train day in and day out to make his shoulder 100%. In that time Brees was joined at the hip to his trainer and no time was wasted as they plugged away in the rehab process.
Brees would fully recover from the injury, but many teams were skeptical of his return to professional football. His own team showed little trust in the quarterback, and Brees would soon be out of a job. Every team in the NFL ended up passing on Brees that off season except one, the New Orlean Saints.
This was a team that was recovering from a crisis of its own in Hurricane Katrina and hope was all that was left for Cajun country. Brees would end up signing on with the team and prove his mettle in the process. In the year that followed Brees would lead the Saints to the playoffs while throwing for a league leading 4,418 yards and also setting franchise records.
He would later go on to become one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history while also winning a super bowl and setting more NFL records. Brees not only proved every team wrong he did it with a sense of class and charisma that was unmatched by his peers.
Brees’s story is one of remarkable resilience and it goes to show that no matter the circumstances any setback could be the stage for an even bigger comeback. His dedication to the process, courage, and unrelenting attitude to excellence not only made his recovery an absolute success but will also land him in the hall of fame.
Stories like these are impressive, but it just goes to show that with the proper attitude nothing is impossible. That we all have the ability for greatness as long as we take swift and immediate action.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” -Pablo Picasso
As we move through our own lives, it’s imperative that we stop listening to the cynics that try to limit our realities and instead create our own. These critics are the ones who tell you to be realistic about goals while draining your energy and dragging you down.
Instead, we should double down our efforts when this happens and take immediate action. As we adopt this no nonsense mentality, we’ll start to see a drastic change and the fruits of our labor will soon come to pass.
“The impediment to action becomes the action.
What stands in the way, becomes the way” -Marcus Aurelius
In such cases, it would be easy for someone to walk away and hang it up. To succumb to the “reality” of the situation and just let it go. But that’s not what success is all about. It’s a process that’s long and drawn out. Only after repeated and consistent action do we start seeing real results.
It’s expected and is something that we must all embrace if we ever plan on putting a dent in our bucket list. Whether our goals is to get in shape or make more money, it’s a commitment to ourselves that should not be taken lightly.
There will be obstacles that come our way, problems with no solutions, and an endless amount of negativity, but despite all that, we have to remain focused on the task at hand. Let’s use these issues as a platform to throw our efforts into overdrive while becoming the best version of ourselves.
With this attitude, we’ll not only be able to excel but have the ability to turn every problem into a launchpad for success.