No matter what you do, where you are, or what your profession may be, are you taking the time to put your armor on?
Throughout our lives we are all going to be knocked down. It will always be easier to stay on the sideline. It takes courage, resilience, strong desire and an internal fire to step over that line and return to the field. Getting knocked down is part of life - it's part of the game - and when we get knocked down there is only one voice in our head that we should listen to. It's the one that's telling us to "Get Back in the Game!"
We all have big dreams and aspirations to do great things. And yet, how often do we convince ourselves that "today" is just not the right day to take action? Someday, but not today. How does putting these things off serve us? And what if someday never comes?
We live in a world of constant change. Change which creates a growing number of opportunities and a wide array of challenges. Living in this world of constant change makes it imperative that we are able to tell the difference between what we can and can't control. If we continue to try and control all the variables, we will be doomed to frustration, setbacks and less than desired results. So how can we do things differently?
What does the future hold for you? What does the future hold for any of us? Will it be filled with memories of great accomplishments, experiences and realized goals, or will it be filled with regret for not doing the things that truly mattered? Since we don't really know what the future has in store for us, perhaps the more appropriate question is what do we believe that we can do, be and become in the future? So, what do you think? Are you a future legend?
Rather than risk experiencing failure, how often do we instead choose to accept things as the way they are, not take the risks, avoid the conflict, or remain in our comfort zone? But what if... What if... you couldn't fail?
All it takes is one cave person or energy vampire to create an exponentially negative impact on your team or organization. The reality, is that these people are going to show up in our lives one way or another. It's what we do after they show up that matters - will we be sucked into their negativity spiral, or will we rise above and ensure our positivity, drive and vision for the future remains intact?
"I will never make the team." "I'm not smart enough." "I will never get the job." "I'll never lose the weight." Have any versions of these stories ever found their way into your mind? Do you ever catch yourself throughout the day putting yourself down - whether saying the words out loud or reciting them internally? These stories entrench themselves in our mind and look for every opportunity to prove to us why they are right. I'm here to tell you that they are dead wrong - but only if we take the action to interrupt those stories, and put in the work to write new ones. We are the authors of the stories that go on between our ears, so lets get's writing (or re-writing)!
We all find ourselves in rough spots. It doesn't matter how successful, wealthy, powerful or famous we may be (or not be). It's subjective, but we all suffer at times. What matters is whether we choose to keep looking into the gutter as the lens to our future, or if we make the intentional and life altering decision to look to the stars - through the lens of infinite possibilities.
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.