How many of us yearn to be truly happy in life? I would guess pretty much all of us! It's a noble and aspirational pursuit. But are we chasing happiness? Do we feel as though we are going after a moving target? For instance, do you hear yourself saying any of these things: 'once I get this, or once I have that, or once I achieve this goal I will be happy'? Again, we should all be able to have our moments of happiness, but I want to challenge the notion of whether or not it is worth chasing...
When was the last time you found yourself fully immersed in fun? Or remember a time when the hours flew by and the world around you disappeared? Whether it was playing with toys as children, or playing a game as an individual or part of a team, there was a time in our lives when playing was not only expected... it was encouraged! So what happened?
As we aspire to do and become more, we will inevitably have more and more people relying on and looking to us to perform, deliver, inspire and lead. Therefore, if we are to serve those that rely on us to perform our very best, then we must be selfish at times to make sure we are prioritizing our own body, mind, and spirit - we need to ensure our Inner Athlete is prepared and primed to play at its best.
... when it comes to the higher stakes experiences in life, how often do things go to plan? It's at these times when, after getting punched in the face, the autopilot for 'the plan' gets turned off. You must have the strength of mind to keep the goal line in your sights and press forward.
When we are faced with a challenge, frustration, or roadblock we must strive to take control of how we choose to react (or not react).
In life as in sports, we spend most of our time practicing and putting in the reps to be ready when it’s time to perform. It’s that time and hard work that allows us to EXECUTE in the moment rather than thinking through the steps and mechanics of the task at hand.