As some of you may know, I am a huge rugby fan. So naturally I was delighted on Saturday when Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time in 111 years.
I was contemplating their incredible performance and what it meant to them.
At the beginning of the match, they formed a figure of 8 in tribute to Anthony Foley, the Munster coach who tragically passed away last month.
They stood in the figure of 8 in front of the New Zealand Haka. It was a moment that sent shivers down my spine. It must have been incredibly disconcerting for the New Zealanders.
I believe that every player on that pitch played the game of his life, because somewhere deep down, he was playing for something greater than himself. It was a tribute to a great man. Maybe he felt anger, maybe he felt pain, maybe he realized the value of life, and the honour of playing rugby. And maybe he just wanted to do it for Anthony.
Whatever it was, it was down to harnessing the power of emotion. It is emotion that makes us achieve what we think is unachievable. It is emotion that drives us when we have nothing left, and it is emotion that gives us the will to win.
So don’t shy away from your emotions. Use them as fuel to drive you forward in life. Use them as positively as you can.
It was an amazing day. Fully deserved and a wonderful tribute.