Every year I look forward to tuning in for the first round of the NFL Draft.
First, it signals the start of the ramp up to the new NFL season and return of football! It also signifies the culmination of years of extremely hard work and maximum effort for these draft prospects and the realization of their dream.
They’ve all climbed their mountain and reached the peak, but at that point, what do they find?
As the fog of excitement, emotional highs and celebration clears, they are all left staring at the same view – the base of an even bigger mountain.
So what happens next?
My Top Draft Takeaway
While enjoying each player’s celebration, excitement, and energy after being selected, I noticed a common theme in many of their conversations with the sports analysts and reporters…
In addition to them thanking God, their families, teams, coaches, etc., so many of those top players expressed their extreme excitement to get to work! They weren’t just saying it to check a box – they meant it! It was a great reminder for me, and a powerful attitude for them to have given the road ahead.
Reflecting on this highly energetic get to work mentality, how many people reach their mountain top only to dread all the new work that the next level requires?
Buy why? Isn’t that what they wanted? Isn’t that what they worked so hard for?
The answer is different for each individual in those situations, yet I have to believe a common theme is that the level of passion no longer outshines the hard work required to keep growing and making forward progress on their trajectory.
Life is a journey, and it is a journey filled with hard work and plenty of high and low points. Therefore, it’s important that we remain excited about the work required to continue chasing our dreams, goals and ambitions.
And if we lose the passion and energy?
There’s nothing wrong with losing that, as long as you realize it.
Keeping with the football theme, how many great players stepped away from the game when they still had some great years ahead of them? The passion waned… at least for football. And they found a new passion elsewhere. A new journey… and new mountain climb began.
This same dynamic can be true for us outside of the sports realm. We may be running up the corporate ladder only to reach a level that no longer inspires us. Accept and own that reality. And then look for something new that fires you up. It’s when we ignore or refuse to accept this reality that we find ourselves in a dangerous situation – one that can leave us as zombies wandering around the workplace and spending our lives just getting through the day.
So, as you climb each mountain in your life, make sure that you check yourself at the top before you begin climbing the next mountain.
If asked, are you still excited to get to work? Are you still excited to elevate your game and push yourself even further for the cause? If yes, then get out there and get after it!
If not, then accept this reality and find a new mountain that rekindles your energy and your innate desire to give it all you have. And then, get to work!
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