No matter what you do, where you are, or what your profession may be, are you taking the time to put your armor on?
How many of us have risen out of someone's shadow in our lives or careers? A parent, boss, mentor, teacher, or coach... They prepared us to step out of their shadow and take the lead in our own life. Take a moment a think of who those people are in your life... Now, ask yourself "who is standing in MY shadow right now?"
In a world so focused on what other people have, or on what other people expect us to do, what if we instead focus on who we are while making sure the person we see in the mirror is someone we are proud to be?
In sports, a player's legacy is often cemented by incredible stats, broken records and championships. The truly great are even enshrined in their sport's Hall of Fame. Fans of all ages will walk the halls of those Hall of Fame buildings and be reminded of their greatness for years to come. And what about the rest of us? Is it really about what we do that defines a meaningful legacy, or is it more about what we spent our time being and becoming throughout our lives? Or how we've consistently shown up and been of service to others? Let's find out...
It's one thing to to acquire all the wealth, prestige, success, accolades, etc. - people do that all the time. However, what really stands out - what really creates a lasting impact, is when we give back... when we make a contribution in the lives of those around us.
No matter how much we train, invest, prepare, or strategize to achieve a goal, sometimes we just get knocked down. Maybe the other team trained and prepared just a little harder. Perhaps we missed a detail on the business deal and things fell through. Maybe the job promotion went to someone else. Maybe an unexpected storm came out of nowhere to ruin our vacation plans. Whatever it is, and no matter how hard we get knocked down, we must always be willing to dig deep and pull ourselves up again.
The reality is that when things are great - when we are winning, receiving the accolades, moving forward, getting promoted, etc. - we aren't learning AS MUCH as when the proverbial shit hits the fan. The low points in our lives give us the opportunity to learn, grow, and become a better version of ourselves - if we choose to listen and learn.