Your defining moment in life starts with a decision. It’s a decision to put an end to disappointment and pain. It’s a crucial moment in your life when you say to yourself: “Enough is enough.” A powerful lesson can be derived from the current FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. The group stage witnessed crucial goals in the last minute matches; 11 crucial goals have been scored in the last minutes.
What’s interesting is that all eleven teams that scored in the last minute are perceived to be more capable than their counterparts. The corollary of this is that there comes a time in your life when you start to lose face but your vision of yourself pulls you towards a breakthrough, a victory, and a last-minute goal. That’s your defining moment.
The power of decision when faced with defining moments will make you more resilient and focused. Zinedine Zidane is the best manifestation of facing these moments. Being a three-time FIFA world player of the year and former Real Madrid team master coach, he shocked football fans of stepping down a few days after winning the European Champion’s league for the third time in a row. The reason for making his decision was that “This team must keep winning and it needs a change after three years; another voice, another method of working.”
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This defining moment in Zidane’s life is the realization that nothing better can be achieved both for himself and his beloved team. What makes this decision all the more painful is that it comes at a time when he is at the peak of victory. That’s what made him a leader. Having won everything as a player and a coach, his own ego didn’t get in the way of his decision. He honestly admitted that the third year wasn’t that astonishing compared to the first two years. That’s why he decided it’s time for a change.
Your defining moment is affected by your decision to make a change. Such a change is an internal one. You can’t control the outside world but you can control the person that is capable of becoming. And that person is YOU.