Power of Positive Thinking & Football

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Photo courtesy of Jenn Hilton

This blog is about my son, Michael aka “Bobby” Boucher (for those of you familiar with the movie, “The Waterboy” with Adam Sandler,  you’ll understand why he is called this nickname) and how he used the Power of Positive Thinking to make it to 1st Team, All State Football  as a Junior in High School.

What does 1st Team, All State Football mean?  That you’ve been selected by the football coaches within your high school division/section as the top athlete for a certain position (in Michael’s case, offensive line).  He was also selected Captain and received MVP Defensive Line Award.

Michael has always been a believer in the power of positive thinking, visualization and writing down goals to achieve what he wants.  He also realizes that it takes hard work and determination to make his goals a reality.

When Michael was a freshman in high school he told one of his friends that he would be a Starter for his varsity football team when he was a sophomore.   Unlike my “husband wish list”, he did not just write it down and “wish” it would come true (okay, so I know that’s what I did  . . . and it came true).

He took the steps needed to achieve his goal by spending an average of 2 hours a day in the gym exercising and weight lifting to get himself into his best shape possible so that when football camp came around in August that year, he was ready to shine.

Michael achieved his goal to be a lineman starter on the varsity football team at his high school when he was a sophomore.   If you asked him if it was easy, he would tell you no.  Every week, he had to defend his right to be a starter on the varsity team.   It wasn’t given to him and he had the bruises to prove it.  What he did and does have . . . is the drive and determination to do it.

Michael also uses a mental vision board that he is unstoppable when he is out on the field and facing his opponent with no apprehension that he’ll get hurt.

Whether Michael realizes it or not, he has the positive mindset of many successful athletes including Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As a young athlete, Schwarzenegger swore by the power of visualization to reach his bodybuilding goals . . . .

Writes Anna Williams of MBG

“I had this fixed idea of growing a body like Reg Park. The model was there in my mind; I only had to grow enough to fill it,” he explained (Arnold). “The more I focused in on this image and worked and grew, the more I saw it was real and possible for me to be like him.”

Later, when he transitioned to careers in acting and politics, Schwarzenegger said he employed similar mental tricks:

“It’s the same process I used in bodybuilding: What you do is create a vision of who you want to be — and then live that picture as if it were already true.”

So whether you are an athlete or not . . . creating a list of goals, using visualization and taking the steps needed . . . you can achieve what you want.

As always, thank you for reading my blog.  As 2016 comes to a close, I wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with positive thoughts!

8 thoughts on “Power of Positive Thinking & Football”

  1. I’m sure Arnold used the power of positive thinking, lest not forget he used steroids which caused his heart valve problems in his later life.

    1. Ha! Thank you Denise for the health update about Arnold! Happy Holidays!

  2. Mom this was a great read about michael and shows how strong minded of a person he is.

    1. Most definitely, Jackie! He knows how to use the power of positive thinking to achieve what he wants:).

  3. So great to read Debbie and so happy for Michael!! He really shines on the football field and it truly reinforces the notion of working hard for something and believing in yourself!

    It should be an exciting Senior year for Michael! Congrats on him being named a Captain!

    💗Jackie

    1. Thank you, Jackie! You are totaling right about working hard and believing in yourself!

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