What is a Butkus?
The diving game is the most basic game in the game. Objective: Gain a yard. The quarterback takes the center, pivots, and hands the ball to the fullback, who hits the line of scrimmage head-on. The goal is to gain a yard or two. It’s not pretty and rarely creates a great play, but it builds confidence by creating a clear goal and achieving it. Simply put, if you don’t have the drive and determination to gain a yard, how in the world would you expect to score a touchdown?
Finding something assumes you are looking for it! Finding your Butkus, in essence, means finding something you already own. It is already a part of you, perhaps hidden deep within your psyche or, more likely, simply hidden in a flat place. Right under your nose, in your heart.
In Kevin Costner’s film “A Field Does Dream,” his character, Ray Kinsella, hears a voice from the cornfield: “If you build it, he will come.” You are asked to trust a whisper and listen to a feeling. The voice wants him to listen and then act, completely by faith.
While tall corn may not be calling you, I’m sure you’ve had an inspired thought while showering or driving a car. A feeling that says act.
Your Butkus, I say with a wink, is a little south when he comes around you and finds your ass. With both hands I could add! Perhaps the reason you haven’t found your Butkus yet is because you’re sitting on it!
So what is a Butkus?
No, it’s not But-Kis, it’s pronounced But-Kus. You say it deliberately and always with attitude. If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably heard the name, Dick Butkus. In fact, most people in North America have heard that name, although they may not know who or what it is.
And yes, it is a strange name.
But there is nothing funny about the image or the iconic status that this name represents. As a four-year-old, when I first heard this name and saw the NFL picture of Dick Butkus, I was intrigued. Actually, it was more like “amazed”.
NFL Films States; “Dick Butkus played football with religious fervor, with a relentless obsession, not to excel, but to dominate and demoralize. For Dick Butkus it was never a game, but a street fight, a place for everyone, a war without limits. Butkus was the game’s most destructive defender and the NFL is full of stories of the men who crossed paths with him. He was a force of unruly proportions; he was Moby Dick in a goldfish bowl. His career stands as the most sustained work of devastation in the game. history. committed on a soccer field by anyone, anywhere, at any time. “
Dick Butkus is remembered as the toughest man to ever play professional football. A guy who, whatever happens; I would not quit. He never won a championship or a Superbowl; Hell, his team was so bad they didn’t even make it to a playoff game. However, that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the best football players in the NFL.
When I was playing soccer myself when I was twelve, I wanted to be Dick Butkus. Everything from his hulking dove-fingered gait to the colors on his uniform was formidable. It all captured my imagination. His linebacker stance, crouched like a cougar ready to attack, was intimidating enough. But when he moved, fully engaged, he launched himself with reckless abandon; he was like no other player on the field.
Butkus, for me, became a metaphor for movement and a symbol of effort and achievement. No matter what the odds are, you never give up. If I summoned my Butkus, I knew what to do and when to do it.
Now that I have painted a picture of what Butkus looked like and how important it was, I must tell you that I didn’t get it right away. In fact, it took me more than thirty years to understand it. I had to search deep in my memories to find something that I thought I already knew.
And that is the problem! “Having means nothing if you don’t know how to use it” is a topic for later discussion, but for now, it’s safe to say; simply knowing something does not make it valuable.
Informed people regularly work excessively, are poorly paid, and are not only appreciated by others, but, above all, by themselves. Michelangelo, the great artist (not the ninja turtle) says, “The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our goal high and falling short, but in setting our goal too low and hitting the mark.”
Have you achieved the low side of what you ask for? Looking for success in the wrong places? Did they teach you, like me, that opportunities required years of suffering to achieve? Are they out of your control? Were you told to learn more, create skills you didn’t have, and go to places set by someone else? Then when you arrived, they would tell you again, it would be hard, in fact life was hard. You had to be tough and learn to put up with what you don’t want, to get what you do! Shit.
I say, what you want, wants you, what you are looking for is looking for you. What you want does not only exist, more exactly, it already exists within you. It is not difficult, but yes, it is intense and requires your full attention. Have you heard, am I sure of the natural laws of the universe? I maintain that the “Law of Attraction” does not exist as an external magnet to get you what you want, but rather synchronizes your desires to bring you more of what you already have.
In the movie “The Lion King”, Mufasa called out to his son, Simba, from heaven and ordered him “Remember who you are!” Your job is to find, maybe just remember “what” it is that you already possess. will take you to Find Your Butkus.
Hit that; Remember who you are! Find your own words, find your ??? in the life!
As in the basic scuba game, create a target you can trust, one that builds confidence. Keep it simple, something as warm as a puppy. Guaranteed to earn a meter whenever you need it. Just feeling good can put you in the right frame of mind to begin to realize what is important.
It is not about discovering what works in life, no, it is finding your happiness. Believe me, if my dream was a guy named Dick Butkus, can what you want to be crazier? Open the door to your desires, listen to your dream field, and then let all the people, places, and things you desire come to you.
Bob Mueller is an EMMY AWARD winner. He uses the Finding Your Butkus story in Key Note Speeches, Training & Coaching. http://www.findingyourbutkus.com