The first of these is “Be better.” Sometimes we think that we've achieved the pinnacle and we're doing well in work, in sports, and in life but we can always be better and can always strive to be better.
The next phrase I would like to share is “you're all a bunch of the lollygaggers” which is from one of Chris’s favourite movies, Bull Durham. What Chris meant by this is that there is no excuse to be outworked by anyone. Ever.
Another favourite movie reference is from The Lion King, “Hakuna Matata”. This translates to “No Worries”. Sometimes things happen and it’s important to never get too high when things are going well and never get too low when things seem like they're going bad.
Chris used to carry himself with fantastic confidence and swagger, but never cocky and I think this is very important in life. We need confidence because confidence helps us succeed and get to that next level in whatever endeavors we might be doing.
One of my favourite phrases that Chris used to say, and he would use this in a variety of situations, was “if you're not improving then one of us isn't doing their job.” I think it really speaks to teamwork in that many things we do in life are not individual feats and they require the work of another partner or a team. It is very important that everyone is pulling their weight to achieve the desired end result.
Chris was an extremely smart guy and a phenomenal athlete and a great thing I learned from him was that winning isn't everything. Sometimes it's the process, sometimes it’s the game, that matters the most, not the end result. Chris was a really competitive guy and he was very good at almost everything he did, but he also understood the big picture. Sometimes it doesn't matter if you win. It’s about whether you have fun and the friendships and the bonds you form along the way.
~ Trevor, PT