The Article Marketing Guy presents another SUNDAY MORNING INSPIRATION – Your “Immaculate Reception”

Whether you are like me and are counting down the hours to the Super Bowl, or more like Maritza who only watches for the commercials (and I’m working on her…) there is a very powerful message in this video if you are paying attention…

This play is known as the “Immaculate Reception.” You get several views in this video. What I want you to pay attention to is this: Franco Harris was much much more than just lucky here. He was in the right place at the right time because he kept playing and paid attention. Watch the rest of the players, especially on the other team, who stopped because they thought the play was over…

So where do you need to keep play and pay attention? Join in the conversion and share your thoughts and comments…

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Jeff Herring

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22 Comments

  • Like dad always said: Keep your eyes (both of them) on the ball all the time…do that and you’ll always win…not bad advice from and old guy!!

  • Jerry Goodwin

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    You never know what can happen on a football field or in life for that matter, so you must be prepared. I remember hearing once that success was when opportunity and preparation meet..

    Franco was certainly prepared to take advantage of the Opportunity that presented itself. We all need to be alert to opportunities in our own lives and businesses and prepared to take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves, You never know when an opportunity may present itself.

    A couple years ago I had thought about starting a bike shop, but did not have the money or really the time. I loved bikes but there was just too much involved at the time. Then I repaired some bikes for a neighbor that owned a book store. He was very impressed with my work and with the speed that I completed the job and returned the bikes to him. We went riding together that afternoon and I had mentioned that I loved bikes and enjoyed fixing them for the kids in the neighborhood and for my grandkids that race BMX.

    About a year later the man came to me and asked if I would be interested in putting a bike shop in his bookstore where he already had a hobby shop and art supply store so a bike shop would fit in and he had two rooms in the back that would be perfect for a repair shop and showroom. We are now partners in “The Bike Shop in Books&More” and I am racing BMX in the cruiser and 20″ categories with my grandkids as well as racing my road bike in the Golden Olympics, I have a bicycle related Internet radio Show, a bicycle related blog and have met some fantastic people along the way. Through some of these people I have become the Mechanical Support for the Tour de Tifton which helps underpriveledged children, put on Caroline’s Ride which helped pay medical expenses for Caroline Bailey who had Neurofibromastosis and passed away in February 2010 and participated in numerous events that have helped countless others,

    All of this comes from being prepared and be willing to do what it takes to get the job done. If you prepare yourself for success the opportunity will come. It may sound corny but Preparation and Opportunity = Success

    Have a great day today and an even better day tomorrow

    Jerry “the bicycle nut” Goodwin
    Moultrie Georgia

    • Jeff Herring

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      Jerry – That is an incredible story and good on you! I may want to interview you someday if you are game…

      On my year long trip between Tallahassee and Atlanta I remember passing thru Moultrie many, many times…

      ~ Jeff

    • Jerry, THAT is a fantastic story! Congratulations on walking through those doors of opportunity!

      “Willing to do what it takes” <=== What most people don't see that is the "magic" behind happy endings!

  • OriginalBillMurray

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    Jeff, Great clip! Years ago I watched a Lehigh University-Buffalo game where a Buffalo guy caught a pass on the far sideline and had a clear path to the goal, except for one Lehigh man. They ran toward each other, alone on that sideline, and all eyes watched, transfixed. As they met, the Lehigh defender did not tackle the hard-charging Buffalo. He tackled the BALL, stripped it away and continued at full speed toward the opposite goal almost a full field away. By the time anyone realized what had happened, no one could catch him.
    There was no YouTube then, but anyone watching that action carried away a personal mental clip. I can still replay it years later.
    OK, so what IS the ball we keep our eyes on? Core Mission, Sales, Delighted Customers, or email and random stuff on the To-Do list? I’m still working on my focus, but I try to remember which direction my goal is.

    • Jeff Herring

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      Bill – Great story! Where is your focus, the runner or the ball?

      Thanks for your contribution!

      ~ Jeff

    • Original Bill,

      I think your eye should be on those big vision goals and the email and random to-do list is outsourced as soon as humanely possible but still done with the big vision in mind throughout your organization. We’ve been doing a good job helping our team “get” what we’re about and buy into that – it isn’t easy but it’s important!

  • Rick Carter

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    I think this is the greatest play in sports ever
    (Keri Strug’s vault with a broken ankle to win the gold: greatest act of couirage)

    One day, my daughter was conplaining about all the homework she had to do
    So I pulled her science out and said “focus on this and finish it and then move on.”
    “Focus and finish? That’s it?” She asked
    And I said, “yeah. That’s it. That’s it for everything.”

    Thanks Jeff. These are great.
    Rick Carter
    Stress Judo Coaching

    • Jeff Herring

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      Rick – I agree with you on both counts…can you imagine the courage it took doing a vault with a broken ankle, and knowing what was coming..?

      Focus and finish – I really like that one!

      ~ Jeff

  • Just had to chime in to say we’re both on Maritza’s side at our house. While we do understand and like football to a point, the commercials are definitely what makes the Superbowl worth watching :-).

    • Jeff Herring

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      Cheryl – C’mon, now…you are not helping the cause over here…

      ~ Jeff

    • Cheryl, My favorite commercial was tiny Darth Vader and the car that started by itself… That kid is going to have some belief in his abilities! 🙂

      • That one was one of our faves too. Several other good ones too, bears & french fries, and the “What’s a Bieber? etc” hit me just right for an LOL moment. P.S, to Jeff, we watched the game too :-).

  • Football has so many amazing lessons to teach if we pay attention. I watched the Road to the Super Bowl this morning and then the “Rings” Interviews which were very enlightening into the mindset of Super Bowl winning QB’s.
    Go Packers! There is a lot of history for both teams in today’s Super Bowl, so it’s a great game for non-football fans to tune in to with someone who can clue them in to what’s at stake here.

    • Jeff Herring

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      Well said Lynn…and Go Packers!

      ~ Jeff

  • Bob Crawford

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    Great one Jeff! It really does come down to where our attention is. We can miss opportunities – sometimes we don’t even see them because we are distracted by something else!

    Peace,
    Bob

  • Jeff Herring

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    Bob – You are right, and the really good news is we don’t have to jump on every opportunity. And if fact we shouldn’t. We just want to be paying attention so we see the good ones that fit!

    ~ Jeff

    • That’s something I’m working on in my biz right now, being okay with not taking everything that appears. Definitely great advice there.

  • Jeff Herring

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    This discussion reminds me of something I learned when I first went full time online:

    When you act with boldness and put yourself out there, doors will open that would have not otherwise opened. And even better, doors will open that would not have opened for any one but you…

    Open some doors today!

    ~ Jeff

  • Barbara

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    Love your story, Jerry! You had your idea…an outgrowth of what makes your heart sing…it didn’t seem to be able to happen…yet you kept ‘involved’. You didn’t have a memorial service for it, you kept involved with it. Your active involvment kept you on track to fulfillment. Congratulations!
    Rick, I love how you helped focus your daughter re her homework. That’s a life-lesson for sure.
    So many great comments Jeff!

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