So often I am asked what it really means to be living FILO. While I struggle to explain the culture of FILO I can always find strong examples of the meaning. Take our local Boise High School Football Team, the Boise Black Knights, that just this week witnessed a car crash on there way back from a victorious tournament in California. Upon coming across the scene of a flipped car with two pinned down victims these young leaders were FIRST to jump into action and LAST to think about themselves. Without hesitation or thought of injury they piled out of their travel van and applied their skill, will, and fearless nature to right siding the car and pulling out the two victims inside. The Boise Black Knights might be a team of Treasure Valley players from all over, but in that moment they were a single minded unit of FILO Strong leaders which is inspiring!
Watch the Boise Black Knights jump into action here! Living FILO is not about being a badass or being some strongman or even being imperious to fear itself, it's about being willing to embrace that which scares you, makes you nervous and challenges you in life, business or mind, body and spirit. We have to retrain our brains to tip in verse yield and to accept, embrace and even court the fears, challenges and concerns. Learning to love that which we do not know is better than practicing to hate what we don't know. Living FILO is having the strength to run towards the unknown, knowing your strong enough to accurately predict a positive outcome regardless of what you don't know.
Living the FILO lifestyle is applauded, however immersing yourself with like-minded FILO warriors is an incredible and almost addictive natural endorphin that creates unstoppable outcomes! With a FILO team in place, the strength around you grows and the belief inside your soul is nurtured with high levels of harmonized energy, sure to overwhelm any negative doubts. These leaders are a perfect example of just that. Despite the danger, risk or potential of injury, they ran out and into harms way all for a higher level of #achievement and reward - saving human lives! What trophy could ever replace the fact they saved a life?
So to me being FILO is less about being tough and more about being courageous. The roots of the word actually mean "heart" or having heart. Think of the movie Rudy, Gladiator, Braveheart, Lucas, or even Remember the Titan's. Think of all our #military vets, civil service members, teachers and even start up entrepreneurs. Each of them are willing to step up first, take the hits and endure the punishment all for a larger cause.
Teddy said it best when he gave birth to these words, "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Join me as I give a give #FILOStrong shoutout to the Boise Football Team and their coach Rudy Jackson for being FILO!