Jackie Gingrich Cushman

In the 2006 movie "Facing the Giants," the Shiloh Eagles high school football team is practicing for their Friday night game against Westview. The team has just finished a 10-yard death crawl, where players crawl across the field on their hands and toes, no knees touching, carrying another player on their back. The Eagles have had several consecutive losing seasons and are plagued with self-doubt and lack of focus. When the defensive captain, Brock Kelley, notes that Westview is a lot stronger than his team, Coach Grant Taylor responds, "You already written Friday night down as a loss, Brock?"

"Well, not if I knew we could beat them," says Kelley. The gauntlet is thrown down. Kelly wants assurance before work; Taylor wants Kelly to understand that he limits his performance if he looks for guarantees. Taylor asks Kelley and another player, Jeremy, to step forward. Taylor asks Kelley to do the best he can in completing another death crawl carrying Jeremy. Kelley responds he will. Taylor blindfolds Kelley so he will not see how far he has to go, telling Kelley that the 50-yard line is his goal. As Kelley progresses, Taylor continues to encourage him, "Don't quit -- you keep going ... I know it hurts; keep going ... You keep going ... 20 more steps, 10 more steps."

Ten steps later, Kelley collapses. "I don't have any more," he says.

"You're in the end zone," says Taylor. "You just carried a 140-pound man across the field on your arms."

The message is clear: When you do the very best you can, and give it your all, you can do more than you might think.

My favorite line is when Jeremy corrects Taylor, "Coach, I weigh 160."

With everything we have going on in our daily lives -- grocery lists, bills to pay, clients to see, sales to make, laundry to do, children to pick up, feed and put to bed -- it is easy to get overwhelmed and distracted. I do every day.

But it's time to focus; time to put up a brick wall and prove that we are not too distracted to fight. Don't quit. Beat the Chronic Political Fatigue Syndrome.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.