Yes, I know… I’ve written a lot about sports recently. But if you haven’t noticed, sports are in the air. From the Olympics to the Mavs to the Australian Open, sports have ruled the month of January (and consequently Dallas Courier’s blog).
If you’re not a sports person, please, continue reading. I won’t bore you with too many stats or tennis jargon. Today’s post is actually about perseverance disguised as tennis.
It’s the story of two heroes, both vying to be the best. They met on a green field in the land down under. Their names are known the world over. Then, after 5 hours and 53 minutes, the battled ended, with one, Novak Djokovic, the ultimate winner.
That’s right – Djokovic and Nadal played tennis for 5 hours and 53 minutes. That, my friends, is unbelievable. I don’t think I could play tennis for 30 minutes let alone nearly 6 hours.
I feel badly for Nadal and happy for Djokovic. I have to be honest, I am a Nadal fan, but I can cheer for whoever rightly wins a game. I also respect the fact that Djokovic is gluten-free. Pretty cool.
So how is a 6 hour tennis match relevant to couriers? Ch-ch-ch-check it out:
- Persevere. A 6 hour tennis match encourages us to persevere even through the most tiring of times. For example, if one of our couriers is out on a route delivery Dallas beginning at 3 a.m., persevering can be hard. The rest of the world is sleeping while you’re furiously delivering medical supplies to hospitals. Remembering to keep on keepin’ on is the key to success.
- Praise. I bet the crowd kept these two tennis extraordinaires going. Praise is important – and being able to accept it is even more important. Take complements graciously and dole them out for others graciously. It helps people do their best when they know they have support.
- Athleticism. No, this isn’t a stretch! Our couriers have to be in good shape to make deliveries in Dallas. They don’t have to be able to play 6 hours of tennis, but they do have to be able to carry things up and flights of stairs. See, not a stretch…
Thank you, Djokovic and Nadal for inspiring us to persevere, give and receive praise and keep exercising. Here’s to great tennis matches (even if my favorite didn’t win).