I always believed in miracles. I had to; I had nothing else to believe in.
My whole life felt like a million-to-one shot.
I assumed when something great happened, it was miraculous. Like all people looking to get fit, I frequently hoped for miracles and it took me a while before I realized the truth about them; they aren’t “long shots” or “fluke results.” A miracle is something you earn through sweat, tears, and most importantly, desire.
During the 1980 Winter Olympics, the United States hockey team by all definitions performed a miracle.
Before professionals were allowed to participate, the Soviet Union kept all their hockey players behind the iron curtain. They were so dominant, they hadn’t lost the Olympics in 20 years, and came into the games after destroying the NHL all-star team 6 – 0. The United States, however, comprised of college kids and amateurs.
No one gave them a chance.
In Lake Placid, New York, the United States took the ice against one of the greatest teams that ever played. Between the overwhelming odds, the Cold War, and the fact the States lost 10-3 less than two weeks prior, none expected the low-ranked young team of amateurs to accomplish a miracle.
It wasn’t a fluke – it wasn’t even luck. They worked their asses off for months on end.
They went up on the U.S.S.R. with 10 minutes left, resulting in chaos and bedlam. Al Michaels freaked out during his commentary, counting down the final moments and screaming, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!!”
The Soviets stood lifelessly still watching America erupt around them, and players poured onto the ice.
It’s been forever known as the “miracle on ice” and was a game where the biggest upset in sports history took place. The real miracle wasn’t the 60 minutes of crisp hockey they played, but the months of physical torture they pursued for a common dream.
They knew what it would take.
Was it a miracle that they won? No, it was a miracle that they came together. Even when they had no chance of winning, they gave themselves the chance. Never forget the smallest chance of success is still a chance of accomplishment.
Too often in life we hope for something miraculous without understanding the power in ourselves. Why hope for a better day when you alone have the power to make this the best day of your life? Have you ever gone after something you truly wanted? Miracles do happen. They exist everywhere. But the best miracles are ones that aren’t “acts of God” but acts of you.
Don’t hope for something you alone are capable of accomplishing. Be amazing, you deserve nothing less.
“Great moments are born from great opportunity. That’s what you earned here tonight. Tonight we are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players, every one of you. You were meant to be here tonight. This is your time, now go out there and take it.” – Herb Brooks